Faculty of Environment

Windows Desktops

These instructions apply to standard (Windows 7) desktop systems in the Faculty. The notes cover Standby, Hibernation, Shutdown and Remote Access.

1. Enable Standby on your PC

To reduce the power consumed by your PC,  we recommend enabling the Standby feature. In standby mode a PC effectively goes to sleep and this significantly reduces its power consumption. The PC is instantly woken from its slumber by pressing the space bar, clicking a mouse button or tapping the flashing power button. Any applications and documents you left open when the PC went into standby are reloaded.

To assist users to enable standby two new options have been added to the All Programs  folder on the Start Menu

  1. Standby Enable: Clicking this will make the PC go into standby after 70 mins of inactivity
  2. Standby Delay: Clicking this will make the PC go into standby after 9 hours of inactivity.

They only needs to be run once for the changes to be made. Note - this might not be suitable for people who leave background processes running - all processes are suspended while in standby mode.

2.    Hibernate your PC on an evening.

 Some people are deterred from shutting down their PC when they leave work because of the length of time it takes to boot up in the morning and re-load their applications. There is an alternative to Shut down called Hibernate which appears on the shutdown menu. If this option is not available please contact IT support to request for the Hibernate feature to be turned on

Hibernate writes the contents of your PCs memory to a file on the hard drive, thus preserving them, and then shuts the PC down. The power on process is very fast as Windows simply loads the contents of this file and then prompts the user to log on. Any applications and documents you left open when you hibernated the PC will come back. It is recommended that you close down the Banner and SAP clients before hibernating your PC.
Hibernating the base unit doesn't turn off the monitor. However, monitors already go into standby but it would save slightly more electricity if they were switched off manually so it's still worth turning your monitor off at the screen.

We recommend that users hibernate their PC at the end of the working day during the week and do a full Shut down at the weekend.

3. Remote Access

It's possible to remotely wakeup a PC from Standby, Hibernation or Shutdown mode if you want to remotely access it. This just involves visiting a webpage which sends a wakeup instruction to the PC, then following the remote access procedures as normal. See the Remote Wakeup documentation for details.