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Computers - Keep Them on or turn them Off?

It is a popular topic of debate - computers - keep them on all the time, or leave them on stand by when not in use, or switch them off?
Here are a few tips and tricks that you can try out to see which one you think is the best!

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Windows does provide an option to reduce the power the computer uses when you're not using it.

Right click an empty space on the desktop and select properties in the menu that appears. This takes you to 'display properties'. Click on the Screen saver tab. On the bottom of the window you will see a button labelled power. Click this and a new window opens with the header 'power options properties.

The first option tells the computer to turn off the monitor after a set period of inactivity, i.e. ten minutes. You can set the time period by clicking the arrow in the drop down box and choosing the time you want from the ones listed. This time should be the shortest of the four options.

The next option allows the computer to turn off the hard drives after a certain period of inactivity. This can be set in the same way as you set the monitor. Again, after you return to the computer and move the mouse or hit a key on the keyboard, it switches back on again. This option isn't as widely used because it doesn't actually save that much power, especially if you are away from the computer for only a short time. It is better if you are away from the computer for more than half an hour.

The third option will put the system in a standby mode designed to us a small amount of power. Set the required inactivity time in the same way as before. If you use this option you will have to press the power button on your computer to revive it. This is a good option as it saves a lot of power, and the start up time is still relatively short.

The final option, hibernation, actually turns the computer off after saving all of your information to a hard drive. The time you set here should be the longest time. When you go back to the computer, you will have to turn it on, and it will need a little bit of time to start up and load the information saved. The advantage of this over shutting down your machine is that everything is restored exactly to how you left it. The start up process is also a little faster. It isn't recommended that windows automatically hibernate the computer as sometimes the computer can freeze. The manual method is better.

So there you go, there are a few options, tailored to everyone's needs, try it and see if you save power!

Source: Bob Osgoodby - Adv Marketing

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