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#1 honu1

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 11:19 AM

I recently read at another helpful computer hints place that it is a good practice to always shut down your system each night. It is supposed to keep things running smoother that way.

I leave my system on 24/7 with only the monitor turned off while not in use.

I do run weekly adware/spyware virus checks also.

Is it harmful to my system to stay on all the time?

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 12:19 PM

A restart was a good idea back in the Win9x days because it was really a graphical interface stuck on top of Dos. The memory management wasn't too sophisticated and you'd get fragmented memory which would hurt perfomance.

AFA hurting your computer, I'd get one of those utilities like Speedfan that tells you the temperature of your CPU and hard drive. If it's running cool you should be okay. On the web sites for the CPU and HD manufacturer you should be able to find normal operating temperature specs. If you're in an air conditioned room and the PC is sitting idle it shouldn't bother anything. Only other concern is having a UPS so if there's a power glitch you don't hose your file system.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 06:58 PM

It probably will not harm your computer, although it will take (and waste) electricity not to mention adding to your monthly bill; however, giving your computer the opportunity to reset itself and re-initialise can be very beneficial to its performance.
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 07:02 PM

Second the comments by John.

If the system isn't working at something specific...what's the point of having it on?

If you insist on having it on, you could use that time to do all sorts of maintenance functions (run chkdsk /r on each drive, defrag, etc.) that probably don't get done routinely.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 07:27 PM

I have yet to find a definitive and compelling reason for either case to be honest. The strongest argument is for saving electricity. But if you donate your cycles to a worthy cause such as distributed computing, then that negates that argument.

So I have come to the conclusion it is a personal choice. Select reasons for or against and make your own choice based on your own personal use.

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#6 honu1

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 07:58 PM

Thank you all. I appreciate the feedback. The past few days my system has been acting strange(sluggish), so maybe I should try to give it a rest every day.

Thanks again for your comments! :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 10:46 PM

Other than saving on the electric bill the only other reason that I can see to turn it off is to allow OS update to initialize.

Family and loved ones will always be a priority in my daily life.  You never know when one will leave you.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 18 November 2007 - 09:03 AM

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Can you explain in simpler terms what OS update to initialize means? I am a real beginner here....sigh.

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 09:20 AM

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Can you explain in simpler terms what OS update to initialize means? I am a real beginner here....sigh.

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Sometimes at the end of an update, not only windows Update, it will prompt you to restart the computer for the changes to take effect
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Posted 18 November 2007 - 09:32 AM

My daughter left hers on all night And ended up cooking her motherboard. The program that checks your temp maybe all right but if something happens at night when the computer is on and your asleep and the program says it is getting hot. Who is suppose take care of that Plus the repair person told her not to leave it on all night when not in use. This just my opinion Others may have better answers.

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 10:06 AM

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your thoughts :flowers:

It may be that I have so many programs running at start up that it takes my system longer to get going. The thing is....someone else advised me of these+I am pretty clueless as what is really needed or not. Sounds like I have lots of computer education to learn! :thumbsup:
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Posted 18 November 2007 - 10:24 AM

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your thoughts :flowers:

It may be that I have so many programs running at start up that it takes my system longer to get going. The thing is....someone else advised me of these+I am pretty clueless as what is really needed or not. Sounds like I have lots of computer education to learn! :thumbsup:

If you look at the top of the page you'll see a tab labeled startup list. It explains all the processes running and what you can safely disable using a program such as this one not MSCONFIG
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Posted 18 November 2007 - 01:06 PM

Hey, I really appreciate all your input. :trumpet:

The inner sanctum of the start up list is very, very scary :flowers: I'm not sure what everything is + it's gonna take a lot of research,especially note taking.

Mark, the link you gave me for the download has me a bit perplexed. Am I to understand that it shows everything running on my system at start up? I'm still not sure what I absolutely have to have. I can download that link, but don't know what to do with it from there....sigh. I'll keep plugging away at it tho. I'm bound+determined to learn my computer! :thumbsup:

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 01:38 PM

hi nancy,,, for now try to stop things like programs that came bundled with your pc ,,, things like itunes or a media player,,, all things that you can start up when you need them,,,if you look at the system tray,,, bottom right corner,,, you will see a lot of icons ,, these are things that are running,,, put the cursor on them to see what they are then go in to msconfig and stop them,,,,, to enter msconfig click on start then click run & type msconfig in box and hit enter,,, click on start up tab and look for the programs you dont want & uncheck them & click apply then ok,,, it will ask you to do a restart click yes,,,,, a tip write down the one's you stop & only do 2-3 at a time,,, going back to remove more if you like,,,, do not stop any security programs,,, ie your anti virus and your anti spyware programs,,,,,
good luck,,,,,,, Figgis

PS after using msconfig and getting use to it,,, you can have a look at using the very good program mark has recomended,,, also creat a restor point befor you use it will help incase it all goes belly up,,, lol,,,, good luck

Edited by figgis41, 18 November 2007 - 01:44 PM.

Figgis,,,, LUFC

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 01:41 PM

I can't seem to get a shortcut on my desktop for autoruns.exe. When I clicked on the link I got some type of message about a zip file---oh bother! :thumbsup: I don't handle those well at all I'm afraid.

I'm just going to keep searching for the right way to do this. Wish me luck

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