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    Modem On or Off during vacation

    What do you guys do when not using your computer for extended periods of time? Shut Down and turn off modem, leave modem on? Curious about what the best option is?

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    Re: Modem On or Off during vacation

    Good question
    A computer should be shut down at least once a week. During boot it repairs minor corruption, etc.
    Other than that shut it down at night.
    If you use it on and off during the day, go to sleep or hibernate.
    Not in use for extended periods, shut it all down.

    I think that you will find this of interest

    To maintain your computer

    10 Tips on How to Properly Maintain Your Computer

    Steps that I did not notice on the guide include:

    10 Tips on How to Properly Maintain Your Computer

    Steps that I did not notice on the guide include:

    Running a scan disc before doing a defrag

    Using Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes.

    Making System Restore points, at least once a week

    Makaing a system Image once a month (varies by user)

    Not relying on your A/V common sense, should prevail. You know of many sites can cause a problem.

    Do not use any reg cleaning or optimizing software.

    Download and use Ccleaner about once every two months. Untick any registry entries.
    http://www.piriform.com/

    Download and use PSI, to to be sure that all of your software is up to date
    http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/

    If you follow these instructions, you will be trouble free for a long time to come.

    Be sure to back up your hard drive about once a month (varies by user) and to keeep system restore points up to date.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...er-performance

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/81176-speed-up-performance-vista.html

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    Re: Modem On or Off during vacation

    What about Modem power when away for an extended time?

    "Help and Support" on my PC says that Shut Down is unnecessary: "Shut down your computer only when you need to install or repair hardware, such as installing a new hard disk or video card, or adding memory (RAM)."

    I think you double linked the guide which advises use of a reg cleaner which you point out one should not use.

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    Re: Modem On or Off during vacation

    Shut down modem when away
    I disagree with your manual. A shut down a day keeps BSODs away.

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    Re: Modem On or Off during vacation

    All Windows computer will make minor repairs during boot.

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    Re: Modem On or Off during vacation

    Thanks for the help.

    Will do some research about Shut Down.

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    Last edited by VFN; 02 Mar 2012 at 04:13 AM.
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    Re: Modem On or Off during vacation

    Come back any time to learn or to just have fun. Thank You for using the Vista Forums.

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    Re: Modem On or Off during vacation

    For the record, I agree on the registry cleaners and optimizers. If it isn't broke why fix it? Seriously if you watch this site you will see many people who use registry cleaners and have to come here for help.

    http://miekiemoes.blogspot.com/2008/...eaking_13.html

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    Re: Modem On or Off during vacation

    It is accepted knowledge by all those in the know that a computer should be shutdown from time to time, if for no other reason, but to save electricity.
    Windows needs to be shut down, which is independent of the needs of the computer.

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    Re: Modem On or Off during vacation

    Seems that part of the shut down vs sleep or hibernate debate revolved around shutting down causing wear to your computer. But the wear concern seems to apply only to older machines. Thus, the debate becomes one of personal choice-- speed of use, electricity consumption, etc.

    You say that shut down helps to make minor repairs to the system. Does restart serve the same purpose?

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