Is it safe to leave my pc on when not using it?

ElapsedFurry 08/22/2017. 14 answers
Computers & Internet Software

Like as of right now I so not mind the sound I do not mind the power it takes. I do not mind any of that. I lock it when walking away from it I unlock it when using it. My longest up time is 5 days then windows update restarted over night.

Os this safe

14 Answers


Ron75 08/01/2017.

I leave my desktops on most of the day but I always disconnect from the Internet before doing so. I have did this for years and had only one hard drive fail and I doubt if that caused it to fail.

Ron


sumon 08/01/2017.

Not This is not save, Once I did it with internet Working. and some of my friends immediately open my fb ID and put a false status on my timeline " I am in Love" . So what then when I saw this after that I was so confused that who did It, and every one was laughing in comments. My advice is don,t keep your PC on when you not using it.


Hafiz Mian Muhammad 08/01/2017.

Not This is not save, Once I did it with internet Working. and some of my friends immediatly open my fb ID and put a false status on my timeline " I am in Love" . So what then when I saw this after that I was so confused that who did It, and every one was laughing in comments. My advice is don,t keep your pc on when you not using it.


Anonymous 08/01/2017.

i leave mine on all day


Waat 08/01/2017.

No never do this. The computer goblin will come to get you


Ethan 08/01/2017.

Yes! It is a very wise idea to do so, make sure you are using as much electricity as possible so your bills go up! Isn't that great?


The_Doc_Man 08/01/2017.

The general rule of thumb is to first know your automatic update schedule. Windows itself will update about once every two weeks. Your anti-virus package can be told when to schedule its own updates.

If you are going away for longer than two full update cycles based on whatever you are running, turn it off. If less, leave it running. My wife's desktop computer ran for 12 years, turned off only for vacations, before it finally died and ate its own hard drive.

The newer the computer, the more likely it will be to handle being left powered on for long periods; mostly because the disks are getting better.

The one warning I would give is to be sure that you have not blocked the fan vents if you are going to leave it on for a long time.


SBR32277 08/01/2017.

We have had PCs running 24/7 for years with the only real maintenance being that we use an air compressor to blow the dust out of them 2 - 3 times a year.


chrisjbsc 08/01/2017.

Safe physically? Depends on the power and heat and wires that are being used.

Safe as a computer on the Internet? Depends on the OS being used and the anti-malware config and the firewall config and the network connectivity.


VITTORIO 08/01/2017.

Hmm! On what? A table, a desk, in bed..... please be clear!


muhammad 08/01/2017.

No . Someone may log to it


James 08/01/2017.

No it's not your computer can overheat why would you want to keep it on anyway


ConservativeChitChat 08/01/2017.

For a desktop PC it's fine... my last PC I often left it running 29+ days at a time between reboots for about 5-7yrs before the networking adaptor screwed-up back in May, though I probably should've restarted it a bit more frequently to give Windows a chance to save the registry a bit more often. Just turn the power off to the monitor before bed, as it's not unheard of for them to overheat and catch fire, especially when it's old enough to have got craploads of dust gotten inside through the cooling vents.

For a laptop PC...... they have less cooling, so I tend to opt to shut them off when I ain't using them seeing as heat is mean't to shorten component life, so when I'm using one of them when my main desktop is having gremlins I make sure to turn it off before going to bed, and switch to my iPad & Smartphones for internet access after that.


Aerialnine 08/01/2017.

Lots of companies have computers running all the time and get years of life before a hard drive goes bad , or the fan on the video card or case goes bad.....but-t-t-t-t they always have up to the second backups of everything.....

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