But, as useful as they may be, it is always confusing which is the right option to go with, especially when turning off the PC. In this article, we will discuss all three options, what they do and when to use them. Read on.
Shut down: What it does
Shutdown is probably the most simple option out of the three. It is straightforward — closes all the programs running on the system including services and background apps and then turns off the PC completely. Basically, everything is turned off on the computer, nothing gets preserved. Once you use this feature and then start the computer again, it gives you a fresh start.
Hibernate: What it does
Hibernate is a slightly toned-down version of Shutdown. While it turns off all the running apps and services, it retains things that are in the RAM. Which includes running apps, applications and data in the process. It is faster than Shutdown and also returns things when starting the PC again. It basically preserves the current state of the PC and resumes from where users left off.
Sleep: What it does
Sleep mode is basically the fastest among the three. It puts the system in low power mode and resumes quickly for users to start working again. Meaning, that all the running apps and services will remain open along with all the system processes. Basically, there’s no data loss in this process.
But, this also consumes a significant amount of battery compared to the other two modes.
When to use these power options
Shutdown is for those times when you are going to leave the PC unused for long hours. For instance, at night while travelling or going on a vacation. Also, if you don’t want anything to keep on your PC.
Hibernate is for those situations when you want to retain something on the system and also boot it faster than the Shutdown. The best part is that it is relatively power efficient so users don’t have to worry about losing things in case the charge runs out.
Sleet mode is idle for quick breaks during long working hours and when you have access to the power source or the PC is plugged into the power outlet.