Short Bytes: Do you shut down your computer completely multiple times in a day? Or, do you prefer hibernate and sleep options? Modern computers are designed to benefit the users with hibernate and sleep options. So, one shouldn’t hesitate using them regularly. Leaving your PC running for weeks also doesn’t make any sense.

Our computers come with different options that we can use when we aren’t using our systems. The options like shutdown, sleep, and hibernation have been a part of computers from a long time. Some modern operating systems also provide advanced options like hybrid sleep.

But which option should we prefer? What’s the need of a shutdown button when the PC manufacturer has given the facility to hibernate the system?

Well, before telling you the answer to these questions, I’ll recommend you to read our dedicated article written by Aditya, which explains the basic functional difference between shutdown, sleep, hibernation, and other options. It’ll help you understand the need and usage of these options in a better way.

What Is The Difference Between Fast Startup, Hybrid Sleep, Hibernate, Sleep, Shutdown?

Having said that, let’s deal with the biggest question — What’s the use of shutdown button in our computers?

What if I never Shutdown my PC?

The modern day operating systems are designed in such a manner that they can be used for a long time without performing the complete shutdown process. However, there are some points that one should keep in mind.

Software issues:

On the software front, the programs being used by you keep collecting all sorts of junk. So, restarting your computer might rejuvenate it and make it seem faster. Well, if your computer has enough RAM, it can be used for a longer period of time without shutdown.

The systems being used as servers have more liberty. On a server, one starts just a few programs and they keep on running. Compared to a desktop computer, where one keeps interacting with the programs and running different applications, a server system will run longer. Also, the server operating systems are pre-optimized for longer use.

Hardware issues:

The computer hardware consist of different moving parts that are bound to age with time and continuous heat. Your operating system might run without any hiccup, but your hardware will suffer. When it comes to leaving a computer running, there’s another big factor in the form of a hefty electricity bill.

So, what should I choose? Shutdown, hibernate, or sleep?

In a nutshell, a modern computer can run for multiple days without a complete shutdown. It goes without saying that one needs to reboot it to complete some installation or update process. But, if your computer can’t run smoothly without frequent reboots, it’s because of outdated hardware or some other problem.


In the end, your choices matter. But, there’s no point turning your computer on and off multiple times a day. You can use the sleep option and get back to work instantly. Just in case you wish to save some more electricity and avoid sleep, you can hibernate your computer. If you aren’t going to use your PC for some days, or it’s showing some laggy behavior, you can surely book a ride to the shutdown town.

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Also Read: What Is The Difference Between RAM and ROM? What Is Their Use?

Adarsh Verma
Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]