Q. I don’t like turning off my computer at night because it takes forever to start in the morning. I saw options called “Sleep” and “Hibernate” on my computer’s shutdown menu. Do these make things better? Thanks for all you do, Kim!
-Linda from Anchorage, AK, listens to my national radio show on KFQD 750 AM and 103.7 FM.
A. I think both options are worth a look, Linda. However, let’s talk about your slow-starting computer first.
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Back to Sleep and Hibernate. Both can save power and make your computer boot faster. However, they’re a little different from one another. Which one should you use?
Let’s talk about Sleep first. This is the older option, so more people are comfortable using it. Plus, on some computers this is the only option.
When you put your computer into Sleep mode, it’s like pausing a DVD. Your computer stops exactly where you were. It remembers all your open files, folders and programs.
When you turn the computer back on, it’s ready to go almost instantly.