I have a Dell laptop that came with Vista with a free Win7 upgrade. I mainly use my laptop when I go to the doctor. I have to have labs done, and then wait an hour and a half for results before I see the doctor. I also have to move from one area of the hospital to another twice. It is nice that during the moving time I can close the laptop and then have it right back up when I move. Because my battery dies when I leave the laptop for a few days, I changed some of the settings. I still don't have the right ones. I would like to have my laptop "wake up" quickly if I open it again within say 20 min (sleep?). I would also like to have it save my settings for an hour (hibernate?) to give me another chance to open it during the day. Then, I would like to have it shut down completely if I don't use it for say 3 hours. (shutdown) The guy at Dell says that I can't do this. He says that I have to manually set the computer to shutdown to keep the battery from dying. I am guessing that many people use their laptops this way and I just have a setting wrong. Do you have to manually shut down?