With computers being so fast nowadays, there is really only one thing left to improve, and that is the time it takes to boot up your computer when you want to use it. There is a way to bring the machine online in just a few seconds... 

I myself have a super-fast machine for gaming, but it still takes about 45 seconds or so for it to boot up completely so I can start to use it. The best solution I have found is to set my machine up to utilise Microsoft 7 in-built hybrid sleep function. 

*note: hybrid sleep is only available to users with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Windows XP only has stand sleep and hibernate capabilities...another great reason to update. Ask me for an update quote of you are interested in these and other functions of the latest operating systems. 

On desktop PCs, hybrid sleep is usually available simply by enabling it in your Power settings tab in Control panel, but on laptops it is often disabled to allow the Hibernate function to work. Click here to show how to turn on (or off) this function on your computer. 

What are the differences between these sleep functions then? 

Sleep is a power-saving state that allows a computer to quickly resume full-power operation (typically within several seconds) when you want to start working again. Putting your computer into the sleep state is like pausing a DVD player—the computer immediately stops what it’s doing and is ready to start again when you want to resume working. The machine remains powered up with some fans still working, but consumes much less power. Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won't use your laptop for an extended period and won't have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time. 

Hybrid sleep is designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid sleep is a combination of sleep and hibernate—it puts any open documents and programs in memory and on your hard disk, and then puts your computer into a low-power state so that you can quickly resume your work by waking the PC with a tap of the keyboard or a click of the mouse. Waking the computer from hybrid sleep often takes as little as 8 - 10 seconds. perfect for when you just want to check FaceBook one more time before you leave the house.....In this state, the computer basically turns off (mostly with no fans or lights running at all). That way, if a power failure occurs, Windows can restore your work from your hard disk. When hybrid sleep is turned on, putting your computer into sleep automatically puts your computer into hybrid sleep. Hybrid sleep is typically turned on by default on desktop computers. 

For more information on the differences and advantages of hybrid sleep, visit the Microsoft Windows help site. This is a very handy way to get the most from your Windows Operating system. 

Now, 'wake up' to power savings and go put your computer to sleep!!

Regards 

Steve 

Extensive I.T.