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How To Shut down, sleep, hibernate and restart your PC (Windows)

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There are many ways to shut down your PC. You can turn the PC off completely, you can make it sleep, restart and you can hibernate the PC.

Shutting Down.

Shutting down Windows 10:

    • Select the Start Button 
    • Select Power    in the bottom left corner of the screen
    • Click Shutdown                                                                                                                                                

Shutting down Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1:

  • Move your mouse to the lower left-hand corner of the screen
  • Right-click the Start button or press Windows logo key + X on your keyboard.
  • Tap or click Shut down or sign out and choose Shut down

Shutting down Windows 7 and Vista:

  • Click the Start button 
  • Click the shutdown button

Sleep

Sleep uses very little power, your PC starts up faster than shutdown or hibernate, and you will resume work from back to where you left off. You don’t have to worry that you’ll lose your work because of your battery draining because Windows automatically saves all your work and turns off the PC if the battery is too low. Use sleep when you’re going to be away from your Computer for a short time. For example taking a coffee break.

For a lot of Computers (especially laptops and tablets), your computer activates sleep mood when you close your lid or press the power button.



To make your PC sleep:

  1. Open power options:
  • For Windows 10, in the search box on the taskbar, type power options and then select Power Options.
  • For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1, swipe in from the edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search), enter Power options in the search box, and then tap or click Power Options.
  • For Windows 7, click the Start button The Start button, click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click Power Options.

2. Do one of the following:

  • If you’re using a desktop, tablet, or laptop, select Choose what the power buttons do. Next to When I press the power button, select Sleep, and then select Save Changes.
  • If you’re using only a laptop, select Choose what closing the lid does. Next to When I close the lid, select Sleep, and then select Save Changes

3. When you’re ready to make your PC sleep, just press the power button on your desktop, tablet, or laptop, or close your laptop’s lid.

On most computers, you can resume working by pressing your computers power button or by pressing any key on the keyboard, clicking a mouse button, or opening the lid on a laptop.

Hibernate

This option was designed for laptops and might not be available for all computers. (For example, computers with InstantGo don’t have the hibernate option.) Hibernate uses less power than sleep and when you start up the PC again, you’re back to where you left off. Hibernating is not as fast as sleep).

Use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop or tablet for a longer period of time and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time. First check to see if this option is available on your PC and if it is, turns it on.



To hibernate your PC

  1. Open power options:
  • For Windows 10, in the search box on the taskbar, type power options, and then select Power Options.
  • For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1, swipe in from the edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search), enter Power options in the search box, and then tap or click Power Options.
  • For Windows 7, click the Start button The Start button, click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click Power Options.
  1. Select Choose what the power button does, and then select Change settings that are currently unavailable. Under Shutdown settings, select the Hibernate check box (if it’s available), and then select Save Changes.

Now you’ll be able to hibernate your PC in a few different ways:

  • For Windows 10, select the Start button, and then select Power > Hibernate. You can also press the Windows logo key + X on your keyboard, and then select Shut down or sign out > Hibernate.
  • For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1, move your mouse to the lower left-hand corner of the screen and right-click the Start button or press Windows logo key + X on your keyboard. Tap or click Shut down or sign out and choose Hibernate. Or, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap Settings. (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.) Tap or click Power > Hibernate.

  • For Windows 7, click the Start button
    The Start button , click the arrow next to the Shutdown button, and then click Hibernate.

Restart

Rebooting a Windows 10 or 8 Computer

The “normal” way to reboot a computer running Windows 10/8 is through the Start menu:

  1. Open the Start menu button.
  2. Click or tap the Power button (Windows 10) or Power Options button (Windows 8).
  3. Choose Restart.

Rebooting a Windows 7, Vista, or XP Computer

The quickest way to reboot Windows 7 or Windows Vista is through the Start menu:

  1. Click the Start button on the taskbar.
  2. If you’re using Windows 7 or Vista, click the small arrow next to the right of the “Shut down” button.
    Windows XP users should click the Shutdown or Turn Off Computer button.
  3. Choose Restart.



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