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Windows 7: How often do you power down?

View Poll Results: Do you power down your PC?
Yes on a daily basis. 42 46.15%
Only occasionally. 16 17.58%
Never. 17 18.68%
No but I use Sleep/Hybernate mode. 16 17.58%
Voters: 91. You may not vote on this poll

07 Jul 2010   #31
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Heck, I don't even think I have turned on my desktop one time in the past 3 weeks. I have to carry my work laptop home every night, so I typically just use that.


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07 Jul 2010   #32
blackroseMD1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64
 
 

I usually power mine down every couple of days. I don't pay for electricity where I live, so that's not a concern, and everything but the hard disks are brand new, so I'm not really worried about wear and tear. I usually schedule things like backups and defrags for around 4 am, since I'm usually asleep by then, so I just leave my comp running. Occasionally I will put it to sleep, if I am going out for more than 3-4 hours.
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07 Jul 2010   #33
gregrocker

 

Startup hangs can also be logged in Diagnostics-Performance log at Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Performance Information and Tools\Advanced Tools

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07 Jul 2010   #34
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Only when I need to work inside the case.
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07 Jul 2010   #35
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I leave my PC on 24/7. I only power it off during hardware installation/maintenance or reboot for OS patches.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackroseMD1 View Post
I usually power mine down every couple of days. I don't pay for electricity where I live, so that's not a concern, and everything but the hard disks are brand new, so I'm not really worried about wear and tear. I usually schedule things like backups and defrags for around 4 am, since I'm usually asleep by then, so I just leave my comp running. Occasionally I will put it to sleep, if I am going out for more than 3-4 hours.
A PC running 24/7 is mostly idle anyway. Most PCs don't use up much power. At most it might be a couple dollars per day.

What really burns up electricity is air conditioning, electric dryer, refrigerators/freezers, electric stoves/ovens, microwaves and electric hot water heaters.
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07 Jul 2010   #36
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Have you added up what a couple $$ a day costs per month? Per year? You could buy an entirely new machine with just the energy savings of turning it off when not using it.

It actually doesn't even cost that much but the $10 a month or so it does cost is still worth considering. All for... saving 30 seconds on a boot?

Thing is, everything adds up. And things that are left on 24/7 add up FAST, being comparable to big things that only run for an hour or two a day (or week).
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07 Jul 2010   #37
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
A PC running 24/7 is mostly idle anyway. Most PCs don't use up much power. At most it might be a couple dollars per day.
Have you plugged in a meter to see what your PC actually draws. You might be surprised to see a 200watt load. Plus, a few dollars a day over the course of a month does add up.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
What really burns up electricity is air conditioning, electric dryer, refrigerators/freezers, electric stoves/ovens, microwaves and electric hot water heaters.
Yes...those do burn electricity and I use them as sparingly as I can. I got a new fridge about 3 years ago and it's Energy Guide tag said it would consume about $50 in a year. I thought that was pretty impressive. Certainly worth the cost for the food that it protects and keeps cold.
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07 Jul 2010   #38
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
At most it might be a couple dollars per day.


With Heavy usage, ALL DAY, and about 1000 watts of equip running (not max available, USED).. then maybe you will reach a couple dollars per day

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07 Jul 2010   #39
Cato

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
monitor files?

do you mean flies?

i notice that in the summer they love to poop on my screens. anyone else have this problem?


Fires, I meant fires. Hate it when I do that.
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07 Jul 2010   #40
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

This is a no brainier for me. If the computer is off it uses zero power and there is zero wear and tare. I agree with TVeblen a lot of good things happen with a fresh boot. If the system is set up correctly it will only take about 90 seconds and away you go. This will very because of how many programs your system loads at start up. I keep a close watch of this with msconfig/start. We all have a few seconds in our life to do a fresh boot.
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