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Old 29th August 2006   #1
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Windows XP logoff vs turn-off; stand-by vs hibernate


I am somewhat puzzled by these options.
What is the difference between log-off and turn-off?
What is the difference between stand by and hibernate?
For power consumption: What parts of the PC system (PC, hard disk;, monitor, printer, scanner etc) are alive - operating in what mode? What is the power consumption of each mode,each part and each periferal

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What is the difference between log-off and turn-off? -> This is pretty easy one to test and see the difference.

One turns the pc off the other takes you to a logon prompt


The Winodws Help file can help with the other stand by and hibernate question.

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Originally Posted by charlesh
What is the difference between stand by and hibernate?
Hi, charlesh.

I have been wondering about that one for awhile too.

charlesh and Steve, thanks for prompting me to finally look it up.


From Start > Help and Support > Search: hibernate standby > Glossary
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hibernation
A state in which your computer shuts down after saving everything in memory on your hard disk. When you bring your computer out of hibernation, all programs and documents that were open are restored to your desktop.

standby
A state in which your computer consumes less power when it is idle, but remains available for immediate use. While your computer is on standby, information in computer memory is not saved on your hard disk. If there is an interruption in power, the information in memory is lost.

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Just so you know, if you use the hibernate feature, it'll cost you a fair size of disk space. When you use it, a file is created in the root of your windows drive that is equal in size to the amount of ram you have. So, if you 1GB or ram, the file will be 1GB in size. Two gigs of ram will cost you two gigs of diskspace and so on.

Just thought you should know.

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