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Windows 7: Will it do any harm...?

26 Aug 2010   #1
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 
Will it do any harm...?

Hello guys,

I have been wondering if it will do any harm if I leave my PC plugged in all the time?

Your advice please.


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26 Aug 2010   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

As a rule, no it wont... you might want to check your power plan and customize the turn off times for your monitor and drives though...
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26 Aug 2010   #3
Carl Lawrence

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

I'm still going shut it down, I just won't turn it off that the mains.
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26 Aug 2010   #4
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Do you mean plugged into the power outlet? If your area is subjet to power surges or lighting strikes be sure you have a good surge protector.

Ken
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26 Aug 2010   #5
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ken9122 View Post
Do you mean plugged into the power outlet? If your area is subjet to power surges or lighting strikes be sure you have a good surge protector.

Ken
Even if it is a very good surge protector, it will not protect against a lightning strike.
Power surges, Yes. Lightning strikes, No.

Its always better to shutdown once your work is finished if you won't be using the computer for some time.
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26 Aug 2010   #6
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

there are arguments for and against ,
1: that switching on and off daily wears out hardware ie power supply being forced to wind up daily using fans etc
2:that leaving it on can wear out the moving components inside .
Personally i leave mine on as long as i can although occasionally reboot is required for different installs and updates.
If leaving it on for long periods, one should make sure the computer is in a well ventilated space to prevent the cooling fans being overused causing more premature wear. and general heat damage!
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26 Aug 2010   #7
Carl Lawrence

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

The UK doesn't usually have thunderstorms very often if any at all. Power surges is when the trip goes off anyway.
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26 Aug 2010   #8
toxicbob

windows 7 x64
 
 

I have a computer over nine years old. I turned it off all the time and restarted it a bazillion times. I would say it does not hurt it. The computer was a custom built, same place as my current machine was built.
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26 Aug 2010   #9
Carl Lawrence

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

My old Emachines which lasted almost 5 years which I still turned off and on every day and on at the mains all the time. It only failed the once (bad MB).
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26 Aug 2010   #10
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Although I leave my server on 24/7 ( it only uses about 75watts) I shut down the other 5 systems when not in use. It's it just a matter of personal preference. But to answer your original question, if your area has a history of power surges or brown-outs use a good surge proctor or UPS.

Ken
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