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04-18-2012 07:22 AM
Yes you should.
04-18-2012 09:30 AM
As a general rule of thumb it is best to always turn your computer completely off (full shutdown) if you will be away from it for a long period of time. Personally, I shut my systems down each night.
As far as a thunderstorm is concerned, the best way to protect your computer is via a surge protector since a power surge can still damage your computer even if it is turned off.
11-20-2012 09:21 PM
Yes, turn it off. I also agree that computers should be turned off when you are "done" for the day. I have aquantainces that do not ever turn them off. Their computers never seem to last a long. My last computer at the office lasted over six years and was fine until space on the HD and memory became an issue. My last Home Computer was almost a teenager before it was replaced. If fact I just recently gave away my old Packard-Bell computer (Windows 95) and it still worked! I do still have my Heath-Zenith (Cost $ 3000.00 new! With Zenith-DOS.) -Have a good vacation!