Do you need to shut your computer off every day?

United States
October 10, 2008 2:39am CST
About two years ago, I had a computer that was rarely cut off. We left it on all day and then overnight. I didn't have that computer for more than four or five months. It wasn't a brand new computer, though. One day it just stopped working, with no explanation. I've always wondered if constant use wore it out so it stopped working. What do you think? Does a computer need to be turned off daily or will it suffer if it's not unplugged once in a while? How long should you leave your computer on before turning off the power?
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@cloud69 (113)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
i really need to shut it down to conserve energy and electricity especially that the cost of it is high now a days.
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@jammyt (2824)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
Yes, you should shut it down once in awhile. Reason for this is even if you don't use it and it's just open, it still wears the computer down.The processor is still working. It's just like a cellphone that you should drain its battery once in a while. Sort of making it "rest" for awhile.
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• United States
10 Oct 08
That's what I thought. I'm trying to be more careful with this computer, if only to save from having to buy another one so soon. This one is brand new, don't want to replace it too soon!
@jelai24 (221)
• Philippines
11 Oct 08
yeah that's true in additional of this is your pc will cannot got hang...
@MsCYPRAH (397)
11 Oct 08
I am not sure if never turning it off affects it more but I have heard that switching it off every minute can affect it equally badly. So I do switch mine off every night, just to give it some balance. I have had it over 2 years now, from new, and it works perfectly, so I must be doing something right.:o)
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• Singapore
11 Oct 08
Yes, I do think if you keep on switching it on and off too quickly - every min is really too quickly, then yes, you will end up spoiling it. If you switch on and off once a day, in my opinion, that is perfectly ok. That's what I do btw.
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I rarely turn off my computer. I'm on it at such random times, that it just doesn't make much sense to turn it off most of the time. If I'm going somewhere and know I'll be gone for several hours, I turn it off, otherwise it's on all the time. I know a lot of people turn off their computers when they sleep, but there are a lot of nights that I can't get to sleep, so I get back up and work some more. Right now, it's almost 5 am, and I haven't gone to sleep yet. I'll still be back up by 930 and back on my computer regardless.
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• United States
10 Oct 08
Sounds like me! I do stuff like that too. If I can't sleep I'm on the computer. That's the time I have available lots of times, so I use it. Sometimes if she is eating a snack or watching a video, I get a few minutes online, but other than that it's pretty much non-stop mom duties.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
10 Oct 08
I only switch of my computer when I go to sleep and that is at the wee hours of the morning. It is practically doing a heavy duty job every day and it gets its rest during the day only when there is blackout. So far I have only replaced the internal cooling fan. Otherwise it serves its master well.
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• United States
10 Oct 08
Yeah, my computer was a real work horse too. I did lots of article writing in the early morning, and would often get up late at night with an article idea, so I didn't want to take 10 minutes to boot up.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
These days I find that I need to turn off my computer because I am having some problems with my monitor. I get some very strange lines which I'm afraid might mean I will have to spend some money to have it fixed.
@Jouhar (409)
• India
11 Oct 08
You are correct.i think it is because of heavy heat generated inside it
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I have owned the Computer I am using for over 3 1/2 yrs, and the only time I seem to shut if off for more than just a couple of minutes, is when I am going away for a couple of days out of town, or the other night when we were having a Wind storm and I thought it might be Best to turn it off. I have heard that it is safe to leave your Computer on all of the time and since I have no real issues with mine except for needing to clean the inside of it from time to time, I continue to leave it on as well. Unless I hear otherwise from someone who works with Computers in repairs, etc. something different, I will continue to do this as well.
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@fsound (757)
• Philippines
12 Oct 08
Yes, shutting down the computer when nobody uses it already. Unless it's a webserver should not turn it off.
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@littleowl (7157)
12 Oct 08
When I'm finished on the computer I always shut it down as if you leave it on all the time it drains the battery and I have been told it is easy to get viruses or trojans etc...wether that is true I don't know...littleowl
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Oct 08
hi beautyqueen I do shut my computer and monitor off every night as we live in an old apartment complex with old wiring, otherwise our electric bill goes wayup.besides the machines do better with a rest ocassionally. mine is also old so I do baby it a lot. my monitor is a led thin one and brand new so I also baby it. got to last for awhile.
@BYOLA2871 (4373)
• South Africa
11 Oct 08
this is funny but you need to know that everything needs to rest even huma beings so there is no way you can leave your computer on all day that it will not depreciate its life of usefulness besides you would have heard of the term depreciation of the value of an asset,so the more use an asset is put the lower the value it has
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I always shut mine off just before I go to bed at night, beautyqueen, because I received that advice from a computer guy when I first began using one. Besides, why waste the energy when you can't use it while you're sleeping?
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• United States
11 Oct 08
I always leave mine on. I just make sure I clean it once a month, open it up and blast some air into in and clean out the dust and whatever has found its way in there. If you keep it clean it will work just fine. I know some people will say to turn it off every night but your cooling fan will keep it a steady temperature.
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• Singapore
11 Oct 08
Hi Beauty Queen, I think you would want to shut down your computer when you have no need for it if you wish to extend its life span. You can only use the computer for x amount of time and if half of the time, you are not using the computer but it is still switched on nevertheless, then you are effectively cutting the life span of the computer by half. I know some people will say they are too lazy to bother... well, I would say it is up to them. If they don't mind the excuse the change/upgrade computer sooner than possibly, why not? So there is really no right or wrong. If you have the budget and/or enjoy upgrading as soon as the newer techs come out, sure, push it to the limits. Just my thought.
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• United States
11 Oct 08
I have to shut down my computer every night, plus do an occasional restart during the day. There are 7 of us in the house (6 that use the computer) and I think that some people download things and such that just make the computer run very slow. So, I end up doing a restart and running my system and security scans at least once per day. Even without my case, I do think computers should be shut down a few times per week for a break.
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@angelia286 (2029)
• Singapore
11 Oct 08
Like all electronic products, a computer will need to have a rest every once in a while. Humans needs their rest, the same goes for the computers. However, it does not have to be switched off daily.. that's a bit crazy. Lol You are a bad owner if you had not switched it off for a rest or at least to herbinate it for the last four to five months of using the computer!! I had my computer for 1 year plus before it conks out Of course, I had not let it rest at all too and the computer was left on every single day. However, the current laptop that I have is on for four to five days, and it is left to rest for at least one day per week. Till now, after 2 months of using it, it is still running as fast as the day 1 I bought the computer. So.. running it for a few days is no problem at all.. Just remember to hibernate it and give it its rest at least once every 3-4 days! Happy Mylotting!1
@derek_a (10902)
11 Oct 08
I have heard that it is best to leave computers on all the time, but if I am not around I shut mine down because there is a risk of fire. I didn't always do this, and left it on all the time, but my machine stopped working completely within about a year. This computer I've had for about 5 years and it is shut down every night, and all is still well with it.. (touch wood!) The computer that I left on all the time, often needed restarting because some programs would be causing problems, so I did see the difference between a re-start and a start-up from cold, the hard-drive still had a lot of work to do.
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@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
11 Oct 08
It is a good question. Not only you, I too got my answers through your responses. We do shut down our computer at night. And if my sons are not around, I shut it down during the day too. This saves us electricity, wear and tear.
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@dookie03 (578)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I shut off my computer after everytime i stop using it. The only time i don't is the networked ones at work because those are set up to be a shared computer that will always start up and run well no matter what. But ours at home are stored with all are crap and that's what ends up making them crappy and full of viruses and what not. So yea i shut mine off every night.
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• Philippines
11 Oct 08
I think one needs to shut down the unit at least for 16 to 24 hours a week. We do that in the office. We work from Monday to Saturday and we leave the stations on after work so that we won't have to run the so-many applications that we needed the next day. But all units are shutdown every Sunday, it's part of the System Department's maintenance program. I