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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   #1

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
How often do you power down?

I tend to leave my PC running 24/7 except for reboots on new installs. I power down the monitor but not the PC as I get a 'hang' on a cold boot. A reboot (even from cold) works OK. I suspect a power supply or capacitor problem. When I've tried Sleep mode I get erratic behaviour on wake up.

Interested in what others do.

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07 Jul 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Every night. Sleep mode during the day.
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07 Jul 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

I'm guessing that what most people in this group would do is fix the computer so it operates correctly.

For the main question/poll, I put my computer to sleep if I'm going to be away for 15 minutes or more, and I shut it down if I'm going to be away for an hour or more.
Particularly now, summer in the northern hemisphere. I don't need this little space heater running if I'm not using it.

I am also a believer in restarting on a regular basis (daily, at least) just to keep the OS from "getting old". When you boot a computer everything loads fresh and the RAM registers are all lined up - no lingering artifacts of poorly written software, etc, etc. I'm amazed that people are amazed that I can "fix" their computer simply by shutting down and starting cold.
I don't buy into the "wear & tear" idea that restarting somehow wears out the parts faster. It is heat and hours that are the enemy.

As for your restarting problems: If the computer hangs or displays erratic behavior only on a cold boot (power has been off for 30 sec or more) - but boots fine on any warm boot or restart or wake from sleep - then you would be looking at a hardware problem as your most likely suspect.

But if the hangs and behaviors don't occur in that very predictable pattern, then you could also be dealing with bad or corrupted drivers, incompatible programs trying to start at start-up, missing or corrupted system files, or a virus.

Go into your Event Viewer (Start > type: Event Viewer) and under Summary of Administrative Events, look at what you have for Critical events. You can double click an event and then copy the table to post here. That may give some insight into what is causing your freezes.
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07 Jul 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Sleep mode when not in use and power down once a week.
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07 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro

Power up in the docking station when I get to work.

Leave powered up as long as I am in the office.

Sleep when I leave work to either go to a client or home.

Sleep and wake up multiple times during the evening.

Power down before I leave home for work in the morning.
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07 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1

Always power down at night, as my Drive unit is right next to my bed and the fans, even though on low, are quite loud.

also, I need complete silence to drop off to sleep as well.

If i have stuff downloading that is taking a while i.e. games and movies, i boot up before i leave for work.

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07 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Sleep mode when not in use and power down once a week.
Same here. It doesn't produce any heat to speak of in the sleep mode.
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07 Jul 2010   #8


First action in the morning (except the first human normal one at wake up...) : boot up...
Last action before sleeping : shutdown...
Between the two i shutdown if i leave more than an hour...
And in case of night tasks (downloading, uploading, defrag,...) i run a shutdown timer if possible.

system control.gadget
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07 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate

I don't ever shut mine down lol

It's always running, as most of the time I put music on when I go to sleep (helps me sleep, grew up with a pair of headphones on my head, pops was a DJ).
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07 Jul 2010   #10
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.

Mine is only on when I am using it. The rest of time it is unplugged.
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