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Standby, Reboot

When your computer is idle for a specified length of time, it automatically goes into standby mode. It uses less power, and your applications or programs are usable faster when you go into operating mode. Some people contend it’s greener to shut down the computer when it’s not in use. Technically, it is, but we don’t think it makes that much of a difference. Further, we can make a good case for leaving it in standby mode overnight.

Why leave it in standby mode? In many cases, you can set your operating system, anti-virus program and other programs to download and install updates overnight or run system scans. In some cases, this all happens seamlessly, and your computer is ready for action when you summon it to duty. In other cases, you may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect, but that usually takes a lot less time than going through the entire process.  You can shorten the reboot time by closing down all applications before you go into standby mode. Once you’re back and running, your computer will perform better with fewer applications open.

So, if you’re asking our opinion about standing by or shutting down, we think you’re better off on standby. But you’re also fine with shutting down.

As for rebooting, we’re strongly in favor of doing it on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to shut down programs or applications on computers and devices when they’re not in use. Regular reboots shut down the programs or apps and any extra baggage they may have picked up as part of their normal operation. When you reboot, they’ll start fresh, and your computer or device will run better.

Any questions or concerns about having your system run better? Contact us by phone – 973-433-6676 – or email.

This article was published in Technology Update, the monthly newsletter from Sterling Rose LLC.