Q&A How many times a day you shut down your PC?

plat1098

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Sep 13, 2018
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Does anyone else disable Sleep? I disable Sleep due to Intel XTU service which maintains a cpu undervolt and this offset reverts to 0 if machine sleeps. So, when I'm away during the day, I turn off the monitor and 10 min. later the machine goes into Standby mode.

Overnight, like many here, it's shut down via Windows and then is powered off via the surge protector.

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Protomartyr

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Sep 23, 2019
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@plat1098 I disable sleep when plugged in to a power source on my laptop. The only time my computer sleeps is when if it's running off the battery and since I'm at home for the most part, that is very rare. My laptop has problems waking up from sleep (cursor will stop working because I custom installed a different touch pad), so I prefer not to use sleep.

As far as shutting down my laptop, I only shutdown before I head to bed.
 

show-Zi

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Jan 28, 2018
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Do you tend to avoid shutting down to avoid the hassle of startup time?
If so, the situation will change depending on whether you are using ssd or hdd. I'm using ssd, so startup times don't bother me much. Hibernation is disabled to avoid writing.
 

South Park

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Jun 23, 2018
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Having only owned laptops, I always follow the manufacturer's advice, which is to shut down fully at the end of the day. With my previous Acer-Gateway when the power button broke, I used software to sleep and resume at specified times each day. (I used that arrangement for two years!)
 

amirr

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Jan 26, 2020
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Do you tend to avoid shutting down to avoid the hassle of startup time?
If so, the situation will change depending on whether you are using ssd or hdd. I'm using ssd, so startup times don't bother me much. Hibernation is disabled to avoid writing.
No, I shut it down. I have SSD.

Having only owned laptops, I always follow the manufacturer's advice, which is to shut down fully at the end of the day. With my previous Acer-Gateway when the power button broke, I used software to sleep and resume at specified times each day. (I used that arrangement for two years!)
Couldn't you get the support to replace the power button?
 

roger_m

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Dec 4, 2014
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Do you tend to avoid shutting down to avoid the hassle of startup time?
I have an SSD, so have short startup times, but still never power my computer off. Not only do I find it very convenient to be able to continue right where I left off, it is rare that I actually need to restart Windows to fix any issues. I use my computer for 12+ hours a day and can go for weeks before I have any issues which would require me to restart. I never even close the Chrome based browser I use, as it also runs fine after being open for weeks.
 

roger_m

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Windows OS can resume the update process upon boot up, Software and Hardware are more resilient than most think.
If you disconnect the cable when Windows is writing to your hard drive or SSD there is a chance of it causing errors on the drive. The only time I ever don't let my laptop shutdown normally, is if it has frozen. If for example it's taking a long time to install an update and has seemingly frozen, I will only force it shut down is if the hard drive activity LED is never lighting up, so I know there is no disk activity taking place.
 

Local Host

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Sep 26, 2017
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If you disconnect the cable when Windows is writing to your hard drive or SSD there is a chance of it causing errors on the drive. The only time I ever don't let my laptop shutdown normally, is if it has frozen. If for example it's taking a long time to install an update and has seemingly frozen, I will only force it shut down is if the hard drive activity LED is never lighting up, so I know there is no disk activity taking place.
Honestly pulling the plug while Windows is Updating is asking to corrupt the system, won't even need to go far and explain how it can damage the hardware itself.
 
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