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  • I've been turning it off completely. I used to leave it on but always worried about the bottom getting too hot (I have a laptop). Not sure what is recommended. Do you?
  • i just log out till the next time that i am on!!
  • ufortunately, i don't have a computer any more, but when i did, i turned it off completely for precaution, i like my house, i don't want it to burn to the ground because of a stupid mistake.
  • Leave it on. I turn it off every few weeks to blow the dust out.
  • I always leave it on all the time. I had a computer teacher that once told me that the electric shock or load while turning on the computer is higher than what would be caused by leaving the computer on. That's why I leave it on.
  • When I go to sleep at night, I do a complete shut down with my computer but usually I'll leave it on all day long and let it go to sleep by itself when it is idle because I have to do a lot of stuff around the house.
  • - Computer to sleep - Monitor Off - Lighted Keyboard Off
  • I'm trying to be 'greener', so I turn it off completely.
  • i close it laptop =)
  • Closed completely. I don't want it to overheat ;)
  • Leave it on...it's actually better for the comp. I do restart it every once in a while though.
  • I have Vista on my laptop, and I just close the lid to put it into hibernation. My main PC is shut down though.
  • I have a desktop that I leave on all the time, except that I turn off the monitor (it's the most expensive part of the computer to run). My husband and I each have laptops that we hibernate between uses.
  • I just leave it on. Am I supposed to turn it off?
  • my laptop I turn off each time. my desktop i leave on.
  • oddly a lot of people wonder about that one i have an xp computer and find when i turn off my computer alltogeather the damn thing mess'es up my security so i use to leave it on perminently by pressing start click onto the control panel and look for power options i'd leave my computer on perminently as i'd get the best from my security updates i also have a laptop which do'esnt seem to be as bothersome its a vistas one not as good as xp by a long shot hope this helps
  • Note to Royal77: Of course by turning it on, electric shock and load is "higher". lol Nothing happens when it is left off and the process of turning it off shock and load (saving) happens as well. And by leaving my computer on for a long time, it causes sometimes for pages to load for a long time because my computer has short memory. One of my friends always left her comp on and she told me it "got fried" lol meaning her laptop melted and told me to never leave it on but I ignored her suggestion because I don't want to go in the process of waiting for my comp to turn on, log in, wait for desktop to load, wait for programs to load it's just a hassle. But I recommend to turn off your comp once a week. Turn it off for safety and also it refreshes programs.
  • leave it on
  • My question is what is the difference between putting a computer to sleep or hibernate? And what do both functions do? There is so many options and only ones I'm familiar with are "shut down,switch user,log off," I bought a $400 $500 (incl tax) Vista Acer laptop and it sucks like hell with 2gb If you are going to buy a laptop spend $600+ on it its worth it. My laptop pisses me off because it is so slow. It takes about a good 15 minutes after turning it on to actually use it. My laptop is so stupid i got like 5 buttons on the upper key row and only know that the the button on the far right shuts down my comp while I have no idea what the other 4 buttons are for. I clicked them and nothing happened, no screen image option came up or volume nothing! If anybody has an acer or know what these "useless" buttons are for please tell me as I am ready to throw this crap away.
  • I normally leave it on. I always turn my laptop off, though.
  • I should turn it off so the cats can't play with the keyboard and delete or change programs and files. They have already deleted my printer and the My Computer icon. They turned on the Narrator that reads what's on the screen, and several times they have changed the name of the My Documents folder. So I guess I better stop being lazy and turn it off before I go.
  • Zack after reading these answers I still don't know which to do now ! I usually shut down my laptop at night...but now I don't know!!! Thanks for this question btw...I am anxious to read more answers.
  • After turning my desktop computer on for its first use of the day, I leave it on until the end of my last job of the day. This means it will automatically power down the hard drives and monitor after an hour of non use and I just "wake it up" (by operating the mouse) for the next job later on, the way I have it set. Then I turn my desktop computer off at night (after its last job) and if I'm away for more than a day it will stay off. The thing that concerns me about leaving it on all the time (without power saving time-outs) is that the hard drives are mechanical devices and will wear out quicker. Having said that, the most "stressful" times for a hard drive are powering it up and down! You can't win!! Chris (UK)
  • I leave mine on, most times... :-)
  • I put it on hibernate usually. If I need to use it early the next morning, I'll send it to sleep instead. If I'm downloading something or defragging overnight, I'll leave it on. I turn it off around once a week for XP to do its housekeeping.
  • It is set to go to hibernate if I am not using it.
  • I used to turn it off, but my Life Penguin keeps odd hours, so it is pretty much just on with the screen saver on all the time BTW, I'm off the point bench, as you can see! Positrolls, unite;)
  • I wake it up in the morning and put it to bed at night.
  • Best would be turn it off when u r not using it... and do a occasional restart for the updates to start functioning..
  • I do a shutdown everytime I am finished. Electricity costs too much to keep in on even in hibernate or sleep modes.

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