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Windows 7: Which is safer for monitor: Turn off or Screensaver?

05 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
Which is safer for monitor: Turn off or Screensaver?

Which is better for monitor:

Turn off after 1 minutes or screensaver after 1 mins?


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05 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Why kind of monitor? Who makes it? What is the model?
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05 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64


If you are talking about physically turning off the monitor with the Power Button, then absolutely the screen saver is the only way to go.
Turning electronic components on and off all the time is stressful to them.

If you like screen-savers for their aesthetic appeal, then by all means, use them; however, keep in mind that the CPU is still doing a lot of work to display all those fancy graphics, so it is not a replacement for the long term- put your computer to sleep instead.

There has been decades-long discussion about turning off a computer when done with it, or leaving it running all the time.

This is just my opinion, but I have come up with a happy-medium of about 4 hours.
In other words, I think if you are not going to be using your computer for 4 or more hours, then turn it off.
If you are going to be back at your computer before that amount of time, leave it on (or put it to sleep).
If you use a CRT, then use a "Blank" screen-saver to help prevent burn-in.
I've never understood the reasoning behind having a graphic-intensive screen-saver running if nobody is there to watch.
Seems kind of a waste to me.

Ultimately, it is each individual's decision as to what constitutes a 'reasonable amount of time'.

Just some thoughts, folks...
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05 Dec 2010   #4
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

WinCom7 is right!
It's up to each individual and the time they will be away from the monitor.
I usually turn off the monitor if I have to leave and I am in the midsts of backing up my pc.
That way I can multi-task like backing my system up while mowing the lawn or other "Honey Do's!"
But what works for me may not work for others.
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05 Dec 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Not really a question of safety but aesthetic and convenience. As mentioned above the screen saver protects the image burn of early CRT's and early flat panel displays. Today I don't believe this is such a concern with led and lcd technologies but we are still used to screen savers and they are nice and customizable. Screen sleep modes are also an option as they turn the display charge off but still await an instant on feature so it uses less energy but it's still on and consuming some. The best energy use would be to turn your display off when you walk away and then power back on when ready. This is what I do, so screen save when getting a second cup of coffee and turn off when heading out or away but due back in a reasonable period of time.
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06 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 X64

i have never had a monitor fail on me and i always have windows turn off the display after 5 mins, i would say turn the monitor off as its a waste of electricity and as others said whats the point of a screensaver when no one is there to see it?
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06 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Same here, even though my comp is on for many hours at a time, moniter is automatically off in 10 minutes with no use detected :)
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06 Dec 2010   #8


In my case, as others have stated, it depends on how long I'm going to be away from the computer. Several hours and I put the computer to sleep and physically turn off the monitor. But then, I'm paranoid about some things and have read about house fires from computer monitors. I've never met anyone personally that's had this experience, but I'd hate to lose my dog and 2 cats.
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06 Dec 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Belkin has come out with some cool little power saving widgets that look to be timely as our power rates continue to climb.
Belkin : Conserve
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06 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 10 64 bit

With a color monitor, the PC is continually "refreshing" it so there is no burn in like there was in the early days with monochorme (black and white or green character display) CRT's. Thus a "screensaver" program is not really "saving" anything.

I'm an "old school" computer tech tha has worked in computers long before PC's and the thinking back then was don't power it off unless absolutely needed due to power supply transients, tube warm up (Yep I worked on an old Univac that had some tube modules), etc. Power off an IBM 360 mainframe and you cross your fingers when you power it back up that everything will work.

Modern power supplies and components are not as sensitive to powering off/on and it's not the big deal it used to be. I have my system to power off (logically) the monitor after 30 minutes but I don't power off the tower (my "old school" thinking) unless I'm going to be gone for an extended period and then I shutdown the PC and physically power off the monitor. I don't use hibernate or standby/sleep on my desktop (they were originally designed for laptops to conserve battery power).
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