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Hibernate or Shut down ?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bill P, May 13, 2010.

  1. Bill P

    Bill P Flightless Bird

    What are the pros and cons of using Hibernate instead of Shut Down in
    Windows XP
    Regards Bill
     
  2. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 5/13/2010 8:15 AM On a whim, Bill P pounded out on the keyboard

    > What are the pros and cons of using Hibernate instead of Shut Down in
    > Windows XP
    > Regards Bill
    >
    >


    Hi Bill,

    Standby:
    1. Machine recovers quickly as data is stored in RAM
    2. Power is cut to items such as your hard drive and monitor
    3. Machine is in a very low power mode, but still on
    4. Useful if you're on a notebook and need to conserve your battery
    while you step away

    Hibernate:
    1. Machine is shut down and not pulling power
    2. Data is saved to your hard disk and not RAM. This makes it a safer,
    but slower option for shut down and resume

    Depends on how you use your machine to decide which one is better for you.


    Terry R.
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  3. Tim Slattery

    Tim Slattery Flightless Bird

    "Bill P" <BillP@nospam.invalid> wrote:

    >What are the pros and cons of using Hibernate instead of Shut Down in
    >Windows XP


    Hibernating causes the computer to dump the contents of RAM, video
    memory, whatever to a file on the disk, then turn off the hardware.
    When the computer is restarted, that file is found and loaded and your
    previous session resumes. "Shut Down" turns the machine off without
    saving status. So when you restart the OS is loaded from scratch.

    So if you keep hibernating it's like having an extremely long session.
    XP can go much longer between reboots than previous MS systems, but
    (IMHO) it's a good idea to shut it down and start from scratch once in
    awhile, so that it can clear its mind.

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    Tim Slattery
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  4. Bill P

    Bill P Flightless Bird

    "Terry R." <F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> wrote in message
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    > On 5/13/2010 8:15 AM On a whim, Bill P pounded out on the keyboard
    >
    >> What are the pros and cons of using Hibernate instead of Shut Down in
    >> Windows XP
    >> Regards Bill
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Hi Bill,
    >
    > Standby:
    > 1. Machine recovers quickly as data is stored in RAM
    > 2. Power is cut to items such as your hard drive and monitor
    > 3. Machine is in a very low power mode, but still on
    > 4. Useful if you're on a notebook and need to conserve your battery while
    > you step away
    >
    > Hibernate:
    > 1. Machine is shut down and not pulling power
    > 2. Data is saved to your hard disk and not RAM. This makes it a safer, but
    > slower option for shut down and resume
    >
    > Depends on how you use your machine to decide which one is better for you.
    >
    >
    > Terry R.
    > --
    > Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    > Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.


    Thanks Terry.
    I assume that you can switch off at the wall when the machine is
    hibernating.
    So why don't people who complain about slow boot time (like me) use
    hibernate instead of shutting down?
    OK as Tim suggests it is a good idea to shut down and start up normally
    once in a while to let the computer "clear it's mind"
    Bill
    >
     

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