Remember back when computers were these huge awkward machines that took forever to start? It made you crazy to sit and wait until it started up! If your computer is old, it still may. Computers today have 2 different options for their downtime: Shut down or sleep.
When your computer shuts down, it goes through and closes any open programs (often prompting you to save them), then gradually cuts power to all elements. The process is methodical and seems fast but shutting down actually takes 100 + structured steps. If you have a sudden blackout or you turn your computer off incorrectly (by holding the power button until it turns off) this means the steps aren’t followed and damage is possible.
The second option is to put your computer to sleep. This can be activated by an automated timeout or a user click. When the computer is asleep, the system uses memory called RAM to hold your programs right where you left them but only using minimal power. The hard drive stops spinning, the screen goes black, and the fan slows down to become almost silent. When you move the mouse or press a key, it ‘wakes’ again almost instantly.
Reasons to Shut Down
A computer that is turned off is not drawing power which is good for the environment. But shutting down is about much more than saving power. Shutting down can give improved efficiency to a machine that 's been running for days or weeks. When you shut down, you give your computer a chance to clear out junk files that have been in it's memory since the last start up. It also causes health checks upon reboot like important investigations for updates or scanning for viruses. It’s certainly more convenient to spend an extra minute booting up than to lose everything to a cyber-attack. For older computers or those under heavy strain like gaming or video editing, shutting down also provides a necessary chance for the components to cool down.
Reasons to Sleep
Speed is the big reason here. You can literally sit down and start working where you left off. You can even tell your computer how long to wait before putting itself to sleep. Windows updates still run in the background but they remain ineffective until your computer is restarted.
So what is a person to do???
So that you have a computer is that is ready to work when you are, we recommend shutting down at night when the computer is no longer in use and using the sleep mode during the day. Updates will get all the rebooting they need, memory is refreshed for the next day, and you’ll get the best of both worlds - speed and stability.
We can help your computer boot faster, give us a call at 937-660-4899.