eli5: Does it matter to a computer how long it’s powered off for? Is one micro-second as good as 5 minutes? If not, why and how long is optimal for it to be powered off for?

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That is the question. I almost never turn off the computer, but sometimes flick it off for just a second or two. Is this bad for it? Does it need rest? Thanks!

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If you want to reset your PC properly so things can ‘rest’, best practice is to power down then count to 20 Mississippi. This will give the various components that might store an electric charge to let that bleed out. This in turn will allow any remnants of code to die, allowing for a perfect restart

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There is no difference between 1 second and 1,000 years to a computer provided the CMOS battery is charged. There is a difference, though subtle, between rebooting and a cycle of turning it completely off and turning it back on.

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