I've been often asked on how I turn off my Windows 7 PC after use. For most of the time, I'd let it Hibernate. At the end of the day, I’d mostly opt for the Shutdown button. Windows 7 Sleep? I barely use it, though I've always set my PC to sleep after being inactive for 30 minutes. When I'm downloading big files, I'd skip on that option as it pauses or stops the process. The question is which option would I recommend?
IMHO, it depends on the user. Let me further dissect on each power-saving mode.
Sleep vs Hibernate, Windows 7? Simple. If you're just going away from the keyboard for a short period (like taking a lunch, getting some sunlight, or breathing in some fresh air), Sleep mode is fairly suggested as it allows you to resume to your last session within seconds. If you’d be away for more than an hour, use the Hibernate function.
As I mentioned earlier, this mode is what I use the most. Sometimes, after a day's work, I'd decide to have my PC go into hibernation than shutting it down specially when I would have to resume working on the same session the next day. Other than that, I’d execute the Win 7 Shutdown command.
How about you? Which would you prefer?
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