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Does restarting desktop each day have any adverse impact?

By onbliss ·
For a long long time, I have the habit of restarting my machine before I leave work, at the end of the day. Before this habit I used to shut the desktop off.

My coworker said that sometimes "restarting" everyday could adversely affect the computer. He talked about variances in temperature and what not. To put it simply I did not understand :-(

So here is my question: Does restarting the desktop each day reduce its life compared to restarting it less often? Or does it in anyway have a negative impact on the desktop?

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Office 2003?

by Bad Boys Drive Audi In reply to You could be right in it ...

I can't speak for the older Office products because I really can't remember, but I currently run Office 2003. There are several times throughout the day that I open Word, do my thing, and then close it and haven't noticed any problems. For what it's worth...

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More true with Hibernation

by kevaburg In reply to I have all

I have found that even though some users hibernate their Windows XP machines that the amount of gash that gathers in temporary files and so on slows the machine down drmatically. I would disagree though that temperature differential damages PC's. True on the old machines but build quality today means it has less effect.

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Theory vs. reality

by stress junkie In reply to Does restarting desktop e ...

After supporting computers, servers and desktops, for over 20 years I can say that very few desktop computers die prematurely due to being power cycled once a day. Save electricity and turn your desktop computer off at the end of the day.

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by Old Guy In reply to Theory vs. reality

When do you have the computer update your software, ie., anti-virus, Windows, etc. Also, I have often read that keeping a constant temp and avoiding the little power surge to the chips on start up doesn't hurt. That may be negligible but I don't want to test it out.

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by onbliss In reply to Question,

I remember him using "constant temp" just like you used :-)

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by stress junkie In reply to Question,

I get home and recite the following words:

Klatu berada nichto

When I get into work the software updates are all installed. Life is easy in Trifdadoombee.

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Okaaaay, Mr. Wiseguy :)

by Old Guy In reply to Answer

:) what is the inflection on the words? I need to start using that. You know, whatever works is good.

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Poor English

by tmradius In reply to Answer

Your spelling is wrong. It is spelled Tribadoombee. What's the matter? Don't you have a zgrabrilator on your computer? Mine tell me when I have too many byte bugs in the RAM. TMRADIUS

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by GirlGeek12 In reply to Question,

what about the possibility of a power surge? I know everyone should have a power surge protector but I have seen where the one piece of equipment that was off at the time the surge entered the site was the only piece of equipment that had survived.

To answer the original question whether it is good or bad to keep your pc on. I think they both have their pros and cons.

For example, if you keep your pc on, you may open yourself to security threats, thermal issues (especially if your pc is locked up in a cabinet without air flow), and the issue with memory not being released. I have found that sometimes a reboot does not clear the pc up completely you have to shut it down completely.

On the other hand, if you shut down your pc you have the expansion and contraction of all of your components that could cause a crack in your processor or any other component for that matter.

From my experience however, there is probably more risk in keeping it on than shutting it down each night. The likelihood of your components becoming damaged from turning it off is probably not that great, anyway how long are we supposed to keep a machine? If your pc lasts three years you're doing great.

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by Old Guy In reply to But....

some good points. Power strips can fail or not be high enough protection.

Anyone who keeps their computer in an unvented cabinet probably deserves to have it burn up on them. Actually, I had one user in my office that had his in a closed cabinet until I happened to find it and had him put his hand on the computer. He keeps the door open now.

My office keeps the PCs until they die a very terrible death. We have had some PCs for about 8 or 9 years. It's possible.


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