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#1 barniebizkit


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Posted 19 August 2005 - 03:11 PM

Hi! I am taking a computer class and have to answer a discussion question as to why it is a bad idea to turn off the power supply without first shutting down the computer. I know it is a bad thing to do and I never do it... the lecture in class said just that and the required textbook for this class is office xp, which doesn't have the info. I am looking for. I have been searching all day for an answer but to no avail... can anyone help me?? :thumbsup:


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#2 jgweed


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Posted 19 August 2005 - 03:27 PM

Turning off the power supply prevents Windows from shutting down any applications currently running, as well as doing it's own thing with the different modules in the OS.
Failure to properly close applications can result in loss of data and eventually a corruption of program files themselves; this is why scandisk runs each time you turn off your computer instead of shutting down properly.
Here is some additional information (at least good enough for a footnote):


This is a good explanation:

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#3 Waldo


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Posted 19 August 2005 - 07:35 PM

The reason why turning off the power while the Operating System is loaded is bad is as follows below.

The system has modules loaded when the O.S. is loaded. When you turn off the system when these parts of the software are loaded there is a chance that they can get corrupted.

When you use the Shut Down menu the O.S. closes all of these modules properly.

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