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Should you leave computer on always?

I see many of the auto updates are set to run at 2 or 3 AM, suggesting that you leave your computer on all the time. Is that bad for the computer? I've heard that you should shut it down to get rid of the mess left by dirty programs, etc.

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Always on. Off during heavy lightning storms only.
2 years and going.

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No right answer

It depends on your particular usage habits. I usually have my system doing something all hours of the day. For other people, it'd be a waste of electricity to leave it on all the time.

I'd say if it's going to be doing more than just sitting idle, leave it on, otherwise turn it off, save on your utility bill.

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Yew tells You right. LOL

This issue has been discussed for years in these forums. Do whatever satisfies yourself.

You can change the time that auto downloads occur, or simply do it manually at your convenience.

MS will bug you continuously that updates are available.

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Care to read 520 CNet posts on the subject?

Myself, for the past 6 years running 3 computers, I think for safety and giving the PC's a needed rest & restart (just like giving a vitamin pill), I turn mine off each night. One overheated in the power supply and hate to think my smoke alarm wouldn't catch it in the middle of the night. Also without a high end (joules) surge suppresser with their insurance, current changes...lightening storms can zap while sleeping or gone.

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