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Shutdown Sleep Hibernate – What is better for your computer?

We always wonder in what mode we should put our PC – shutdown, sleep, or hibernate. This debate is here for a long time. But one thing is important that being said if your computer is Skynet then you should shut down definitely no question asked.

So now coming to our problem- what is good for our computer putting it on sleep mode, hibernate or shut down mode? Before we go deep, we should know the difference between all these. They are designed to serve different purposes. And we have to see what suits best our needs. I am going to give a short description of each of these and then final remarks.


In shutdown mode your computer is completely off there will not be any power drainage so less burden on the electricity bill. Your computer can completely rest when your shutdowns and all components of the PC can go back to their original state.

This is an old school method and I have seen people not doing a proper shutdown. This has adverse effects on the health of your computer. What categorizes as not proper shutdown direct plugging out the power cable and not waiting long enough after giving shutdown command. So I urge you not to do this in any situation.

We have different methods of proper shutdown thanks to the people at Windows. Yes, I like windows more than MAC. You can shut down your computer with a command prompt, keyboard shortcut, and power off button.

How to shut down your computer

Alt + F4 is going to a keyboard shortcut and you can shut down your PC with this easy shortcut.

Now if you are a computer junkie like me then you prefer little fun in everything so we shut down even with style.

“shutdown /s”

This is a command for shutdown and this will shut down your computer in 30 seconds but you can modify this command to adjust to your needs. You can use the /t option to set a timer for shut down.

“shutdown /s /t 120”

120 means after 120 seconds the computer will shut down. So these are three convenient methods you can use to shut down your computer.                                                           

There are some disadvantages to shut down. First of all, you have to wait to boot up the whole computer and getting to its speed. In today’s world time is a precious commodity. The second point is you have to lose all the work which you have not saved so that is another disturbing fact of shut down. In either case, if you time or patience then go ahead shut down your computer.


Now we talk about sleep mode. During sleep mode what happens is your computer transfers all your work to RAM which is volatile memory. So your RAM draws little power and this can show little in your electricity bill. But you can put your computer in sleep mode and later it will boot up in a second or two so this is a quicker method than shutting down. Plus, you get to save all your work pretty cool.

You can put your computer in sleep mood by going to start and then clicking sleep or do you have a laptop then closing the lid will put your laptop in sleep mode.


Hibernate mood is a more energy-saving method and it will also save your progress but then what is the difference?? In a hibernate mood your progress will be saved in the hard drive so the computer will take more time to boot up than sleep mode but still this is a faster method than shutting down. In new versions of windows hibernate mood is not that accessible so you have to on this option. Worry not I am here to tell you.

For Windows 10, select Start, then select Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings.

For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1, swipe in from the edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search), enter Power options in the search box, and then tap or click Power options.

For Windows 7, click the Start button, click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click Power Options.

Select Choose what the power button does, and then select Change settings that are currently unavailable. Under Shutdown settings, select the Hibernate checkbox (if it’s available), and then select Save changes.

Final Remarks

So now we know about different options, I hope this mystery resolved a little. But what method is better. They all have their own caveats so concluding this it depends on you and your computer. If you are a content creator and have a lot of progress that saves then Sleep and hibernate mode is a lot better. If you are a hardcore gamer then your PC needs a rest and components of the PC can cool off and also Gaming computer will draw a lot of energy so the better thing to do is shut down. Otherwise, you are someone who doesn’t want to waste time than go for sleep mode. I hope this article helped you to find out what is the best mood for you to use and do let me know under the comment section.    


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