Why Is Just Shutting the Lid Not as Good as Actually Shutting Down?

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Just shutting the lid is not as good as shutting your computer down because the computer will stay powered on. Find out why just shutting the lid is not as good as shutting your computer down with help from an expert in information systems, programming languages, web development, and network security in this free video clip.

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Hi. My names is Luke, and this is why is shutting the lid not as good as actually shutting down. When you close the lid of your computer there's settings in place for what happens next after the lid's been closed. The default in Windows is that the computer goes to sleep. What this means is that as long as there's power running to the machine, either from an outlet or from the battery in the laptop, all of your stuff will be temporarily saved in the memory. However, system files that get saved in the memory don't actually get put into your hard drive unless you properly shut it down. If you plan on not using your machine for an extended period of time I highly recommend that you shut down your computer. Otherwise if you're going to use it frequently just closing the lid should suffice. To see what happens when you close the lid of your laptop, scroll over to the power icon, right click and go to power and go to power options. Next on the side you can see choose what closing the lid does. Left click on it and you'll see what the different options are for when the machine's on battery, plugged in and when it's close the lid. And that's it.

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