Omni-Solutions Tech-Trick #1044
Today’s “Tech-Tricks” of the day is about Shutting Down Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.x, and 10 correctly, and its alternative power modes. It is important to ALWAYS shut down your Operating System (OS) correctly using the Start Menu. When done with your device/machine for say -overnight, this is a good time to use Shutdown. Microsoft OS’ now provide several options for conserving power when you are not using your PC for say -a few hours. These include; Sleep, Hibernate, and “Hybrid Sleep”, which are particularly useful if you have a laptop, There is a difference between them. Here is what they are:
Sleep is a power saving state. All actions are stopped, any open docs and/or applications are put in memory while going into a low-power state. The computer stays on, but only uses low power.
Hibernate is similar to sleep, but instead of saving your open docs and running applications through RAM, it saves them to your hard disk. This allows your computer to turn off entirely, which means once your computer is in Hibernate mode, it uses zero power. Once the computer is powered back on, it will resume where you left off.
“Hybrid Sleep” mode is a combination of the Sleep and Hibernate modes meant for desktop computers. It puts any open documents and applications in memory and on your hard disk, and then puts your computer into a low-power state, allowing you to quickly resume work. It is enabled by default in Windows on desktops and disabled on laptops. “Hybrid Sleep” mode is useful for desktop computers in case of a power outage.
It is NEVER a good idea to simply shut down the computer by pressing the power button. If it accidentally unplugs or is accidentally shut down correctly, Windows can usually recover from a few bad shutdowns (for instance power outages). However, if the system is writing important OS file states to the hard drive when the power goes out it can destroy your ability to boot or log into your system.
In this event your personal data may still be recoverable by a professional such as one of our techs (i.e. all is not always lost). Feel free to contact us if you encounter this problem. In the meantime, shut down your system using the Windows Start Menu when shutting down your laptop or PC for the day. It is still the BEST way to preserve your system files and personal data.