Do You Shut Down Your PC at Night?


Everyone seems to have different thoughts on a daily shutdown of their PC. Whether it’s for reasons of not wanting to waste electricity or not wanting to harm the computer components, different people have different habits. Do you shut down your PC at night?

Some people insist on shutting down their PC every night because they don’t want to waste the energy that it would take to run the computer all night. Some people also believe that leaving their computer on all night will harm it, but that has never been proven.

Likewise, there are some who believe that shutting the computer down every night will harm the computer components. They believe the constant on and off will lead to additional strain on the system. But again, it’s never been proven that it’s harmful.

Many people just don’t want to be bothered to sign back in again to the computer, their favorite websites, their apps, their email, etc. It’s easier just to leave it on all the time and have it available first thing when you get up in the morning.

Which camp do you belong in? Do you shut down your computer every night because you don’t want to harm it or because you’re saving energy? Or do you leave it on because you’re afraid of harming it or out of laziness?

Do you shut down your PC at night?

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  1. I not only shut my PC down, I have all of the power cords associated with my PC (charger, monitor, etc.) plugged into one power strip. I turn off that power strip so that my entire workstation consumes ZERO power overnight.

  2. Beside power saving, less operating hours (don’t forget MTBF) I do appreciate the fresh session I have when reboot the computer. Ram and processes back to clean state

  3. If it’s Windows, shut it down. This will get updates installed and give you a clean system state when you login the next day.

  4. My home computer I shut down because I will usually be away from it at least until the next evening. My work computer I leave running since they have so much company bloat on it that it takes 20 minutes for it to boot in the morning.

  5. I used to shut off my laptop at night – only to get messages from Microsoft that I missed etc etc etc update – telling me to have the internet enabled …. Plus my computer repair guru told me that it puts les strain on the battery, leaving the computer on.

  6. For me it depends on the computer and its purpose.
    My main computer that I use for everyday stuff, I shut down every time Im done on it. This one is connected to a smart surge protector and automaticly disconnects power for my monitor, desk lamp, printer, and powered usb router.
    For my media center that’s using openelec (it consumes less than 100 watts of power) i shut down when I’m done
    For my raspberry pi (this one is for music via mpd) it’s always on. As are it’s speakers.
    For my headless network attached storage (with a banana pi) this one is always on.

    Also my model and router (yes they are purpose built computers) they are always on for other dvices.
    Other devices that consume a vampire draw on my network are when “off”
    A ps3
    A ps4
    Obi200 (a void adapter for Google voice)

  7. my laptop i shut down when finished with it but my desktop i only shut down for cleaning or an upgrade other than that my desk beast only shuts down when it has to…update restarts or the rare power outage. the main reason i wont shut it down is this: MSI motherboard 970A….while an awesomely heavy duty mobo it takes about one second shy of forever to boot up….then win 10 boots up…i’m looking at boot times of up to 5 minutes and with updates it’s longer! it’s been this way since day one back when it had little to nothing on it!
    anyone have any suggestions on how to fix(?) that little problem, in a language that a non geek person can understand? here’s my beast:

    Board: 970A-G46 (MS-7693) 2.0
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    UEFI: American Megatrends Inc. V1.9 08/14/2012

    Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 1511 (build 10586.318)
    Install Language: English (United States)
    System Locale: English (United States)
    Installed: 1/30/2016 3:43:02 PM
    Servicing Branch: Current Branch (CB)
    Boot Mode: Legacy BIOS in UEFI (Secure Boot not supported)

    3.40 gigahertz AMD Phenom II X4 965
    512 kilobyte primary memory cache
    2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    6144 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (4 total)
    Not hyper-threaded

    12276 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

    Slot ‘A1_DIMM0’ has 4096 MB
    Slot ‘A1_DIMM1’ has 2048 MB
    Slot ‘A1_DIMM2’ has 4096 MB
    Slot ‘A1_DIMM3’ has 2048 MB

    NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 4 GB [Display adapter]

    any ideas on how to get faster boot time? i’d be be really happy with 2 minutes!

  8. I always shut down my desktop PC because I don’t like leaving it connected to the internet, unattended for any length of time. I also believe that on Windows 10, shutting down and re-starting clears out a lot of junk…so you start afresh next time you log on. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking? LOL

  9. Laptops, I never leave on more than 3 hours at a time (plugged in or not). Desktops, only the monitor and printers.

  10. Please if you have a windows OS PC turn it off when not being used. This helps keep the internet clear of zombies, botnet candidates and the like.

  11. During the week I turn it on when I get home from work, about 4 pm, and then turn it off every night.
    But on weekends, Friday evening until Sunday night, I leave it on since I never know when I want instant access to it. However, I find that after 24 – 36 hours I have to do a soft boot because things slow way way down – opening folders and files, opening web sites, etc.

  12. Once you turned on you computer you are connected to whole world through internet. It is good practice to turn off the computer when not is use. Don’t keep the computer turn on all the time with internet connected.

  13. One should always do it. I have read about it here
    Its always a good practice to shut things down when not in use. It degrades the performance of system over time.

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