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06-Mar-2007, 10:55 AM #1
How Often Should You Reboot Your Computer?
How often should you reboot your computer? I've noticed that my memory usage gradually climbs the longer I have my computer on. I generally put it on standby every night before I go to sleep? Is this a good idea? Or should I just get in the habit of shutting it down at night?
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06-Mar-2007, 11:02 AM #2
Personally, I don't use standby. I just shut the machine off at night and restart the next morning.
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06-Mar-2007, 11:06 AM #3
Unless you have a reason for having it ON all night I would shutdown.
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06-Mar-2007, 11:22 AM #4
i always turn off my computer too unless i am downloading i think its better to shut down at night
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06-Mar-2007, 11:33 AM #5
Sounds like your system has a memory leak. You should look into what's causing that rather than worrying about how often to reboot. I put my laptop in Standby all the time. I generally only turn it off every couple of weeks.
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How can I tell what would be causing this memory leak? Is there any test for it that I can do?
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06-Mar-2007, 05:20 PM #7
I suggest posting a HJT log in the Security forum and have one of the experts take a look at it.
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06-Mar-2007, 08:49 PM #8
If it's a memory leak, and not malware, there's a pretty simple way to find it.

Boot the machine, and take a screen shot of all the tasks in task manager and the memory they're using. After the machine runs for some time, say a day or two, do the same thing and compare the two for a big change in memory use of some task.

I did some thing similar when I found out that the CMedia mixer.exe has a memory leak and would grow to more than a gigabyte of memory used. Needless to say, at some point this would cause a problem, and I'd normally be reaching for the reset button. Since the mixer really wasn't required, removing it from the configuration solved the problem.
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06-Mar-2007, 09:43 PM #9
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Originally Posted by win2kpro
Personally, I don't use standby. I just shut the machine off at night and restart the next morning.
While I do use standby during the day, I always shut down at night and restart in the AM and I never leave pc on when I am not home.
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