Happy Friday! This week's topic: fact or fiction? Powering down a PC
via the power button will harm it. Now while the subject line doesn't
go into detail (full question below), in a quick summary, member
Michael wants to know if it's OK with today's newer PC to quickly
press the power button--not holding it down for several seconds--
to shut it down, or will it will harm the computer?
Will this process of shutting down the PC harm it? Look no further,
as many of your fellow members have joined the discussion to tell
what they think. I will point out that a few members have answered
the question not understanding that Michael's PC is a modern-day
system running Windows 7 and with today's PC, the power button
is quite different than it once was as compared to older computer
systems--here is a good explanation from member Droid.
With that said, please read all the contributions and discussions sparked
by this topic, and if you still need any additional knowledge, join the
conversation and post your questions and thoughts. We hope by
the end of reading this that you'll have a better understanding of modern
technology and do the right thing when it comes to shutting down that
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Fact or fiction? Powering down a PC via the power button will harm it
For the record, I am not talking about holding the button down for
several seconds as would be done in the case of a hard shutdown. Only
a quick press and release--which (from my perspective) seems to send
the system through the exact same shutdown gymnastics as the "Start /
Shut Down" method. I have been using this method my entire life with
every single system I've owned (since 1998) and (to my knowledge) have
never done harm to the OS of any of my workstations.
I just had a $7,000 3D workstation built running Windows7 and the
builder told me never, ever shut it down using the power button
because it would eventually harm the OS. To which I said to myself,
"Yeah, right! I've been shutting off computers that way (Windows XP,
mind you) for the past 12-plus years without a single issue. What's the
big deal? Prove to me that this does harm."
But the more I read online, the more I see people supporting this
notion. Also, I've noticed that some people say it used to be an issue
with older computers. But today's systems are designed to be shut off
either via the power button or the old Start / Shut Down method.
So, for the record, please advise me on this. Is it safe to shut a
(Windows 7) PC down via the power switch as opposed to the standard
Start / Shut Down method?? Is that one of those rules that no longer
needs to be followed because of advancements in technology? For example,
it used to be necessary to pump a car's gas pedal one or two times before
turning the ignition to prime gas into the carburetor. But then came
the advent of electronic fuel injection, which meant you never again
had to worry about priming the fuel. Thanks.
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Featured member solutions for last week's question:
How do I safely remove USB hardware drives, when it says it's still in use?!
I have an external hard drive, a digital camera, an eMatic
ebook_reader, a few flash drives, and MicroSD chip adapters all hooked
up to my Windows system via a USB connection. Each warns me not to
unplug without using the shutdown icon on the taskbar. Sometimes I get
a message, cannot shutdown because it is still in use. No, it isn't!
Nothing is being transferred to or from it. Nothing is being read from
it. I've opened the Task Manager and there are no programs running
that are using the external devices.
I know the warning is real to not unplug the device while it's in
use--as I have some devices that my computer can no longer recognize
after unplugging them without the using the proper "Safely remove
hardware" procedure. I have a couple of MicroSD adapters and one 16GB
flash drive that had to be thrown away because of this. My question
is: why won't it shut down, what's the cause of it being accessed when
I know it is not being used, and how do I safely remove hardware or
force it to shut down when the computer says the device is busy. All I
want to do is to remove my external devices safely!
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