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Tammy Lee
Tammy Lee

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How often do you restart your computer?

I abuse my computers. I'm terrible. I hate restarting and I hate closing tabs.

My policy is this, when my computer gets to be slow enough to annoy me I'll finally restart it.

I'm the worst.

What's your policy?

Top comments (14)

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Alexander Alemayhu • Edited

Only restart for security updates to the OS, otherwise kill apps that use up too much resources :D

I sometimes have to do a hard reboot (holding down the power key) but thats last resort when the machine still is super slow after closing down intense processes.

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Helen Anderson

I don't restart my laptop, it tells me when it needs a restart (and updates) by failing to wake up from sleep :)

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Markel F.

I usually shut down my computer at nights, if it's not running anything special. Very useful to cleanup the mess of programs that you accumulate during the day.

If not, there's always Windows Updates (or recently my Xubuntu machine with the 19.04).

panditapan profile image

Since I never restart my laptop, she decided to take matters into her own hands and restarts herself whenever she wants to hahaha

Tho', I always turn off my work computer after I finish my work day :3

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When the mini display that pilots the external monitor stops working correctly.

Sometimes if I open the laptop lid it doesn't go back into multi monitor mode and if I unplug the cable I still can't see anything on the laptop's monitor. Then I have to restart it.

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Ross Henderson

For my personal computer, I need to get better at doing restarts etc overnight. Updates take up so much time and computing power on Windows 10 that my PC grinds to a halt which is frustrating.

For my work PC, I haven't restarted it yet... Though I'm sure my I.T. Department doesn't automatic restarts and updates out of working hours. But I might try getting into the habit of turning it off when I leave Friday.

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Riccardo Bernardini

It depends: my work PC is restarted once a week. The reason is very simple: because of low disk space, it does not suspends, but it goes in "low consumption" mode. As low the consumption can be, the battery would not last a whole weekend, so on Friday I shutdown it.

My home computer is different and usually I reboot it when there is a major kernel update (that requires reboot) or I leave home for several days.

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Fernando B πŸš€

Computers nowadays are pretty good without having to shutdown. I've had my mac run for months without ever shutting down.

Windows is about the same. Truth of the matter is if you kill an application and is a reputable app it completely stops using system resources.

If you think a computer needs a reboot just because is been a while check out task monitor or task manager to see what's eating up resources usually a kill pid should do the job without rebooting.

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Chad Smith

At work I usually only do it when I know I'll be gone for about a week or so.

At home usually every night. I'll turn it on in the morning even if I'm not going to use it till later. Just a habit of mine.

My MacBook Pro? Hardly ever.

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Nando AM

I keep my machines turned off if I'm not using them. Mostly for power (and money) saving and enviromental reasons.

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Turn on in the morning, and shut down before going to bed :P

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Roberto Sanchez

I usually do it every 4 days, or when I have to switch between OS

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I just turn mine off when I stop using it.