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Chapter 7. Configuring Windows Options > Managing Power Use on a Desktop PC

Managing Power Use on a Desktop PC

In the five years between Windows 95 and Windows Millennium Edition, power management technology has progressed from primitive to powerful. In the Windows 95 era, power options were primarily intended for notebook computers, to control battery use. But modern power management hardware is designed into desktop computers as well, and Windows Me fully supports the following capabilities:

  • You can control power use for several hardware components, including the hard disk and monitor. Used properly, this can drop your electric bill by a few pennies a month; more importantly, it reduces wear and tear on your computer's parts.

  • Use the Stand By mode to put your computer into a reduced power mode. You can return to full power in a few seconds by tapping a key or moving the mouse. Use Stand By mode when you want to reduce the noise made by system fans, while still being able to get to a Windows screen quickly.

  • Use the Hibernate option to save the entire contents of system RAM to your disk and then shut down. When you restart your computer, Windows restores the contents of memory, including all the programs and documents you were previously using. This option is faster than shutting down, restarting, and reloading all your programs.

  • If your system's hardware supports it, you can use Windows to define the function of the power button: shut off power, stand by, or hibernate.


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