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Depends on the software you use - I find I have to power cycle from time to time on the Surface where it sleep /hibernates most of the time. If I don't, I lose the mouse pointer.
And hibernate can be a PITA if you have network shares onto a power-saving NAS - if it goes into low-power mode and spins the disks down, Windows doesn't always reconnect them properly. The same with access to SQL via the Desktop machine, even if no apps accessing it are open when the Surface is hibernated.
Herself also has "odd problems" with her Jigsaw app - sleep or hibernate with it running full screen and it always comes back with a blank screen, which is annoying to say the least.
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I've had issues with my Surface losing the mouse, too. Bluetooth mouse. Same with a Lenovo Yoga before the Surface. Bought a cheap HP Bluetooth mouse (HP # H3T51AA) about a year ago & haven't had a single drop since.
It's more my work laptop that I am questioning; and it arises when I intend to actually work from home and VPN back into work. Sometimes the Cisco client just doesn't want to "let go" if I don't power down before re-connecting in the office.
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I'd be blaming the disk controller doing a bad job of power management rather than the OS. And frankly, based on my own experience, I've had much worse luck recovering from sleep sessions than hibernating.
My desktop systems run 24/7 (and have for years), but I always let my laptops hibernate - especially the older ones that otherwise take a long time to do a full reboot. Maybe I'm just lucky, but I've never encountered the sort of situation you're describing.
And I'll bring this up just because I hate them with a passion: Are your drives by any chance misfortune Seagate?
Having used SSDs for many years, and tested them by putting them in TIVO devices...
Any fear I had of the SSDs getting worn out were put to rest. I got 4 years of TIVO on an OLD SSD I had run for over a year. It eventually died. But that was 4 years of continuous writes!
That said. I replace ALL my SSDs within 3-4yrs for my workstations, usually upgrading in Size along the way! (Whereby they become backup (emergency recovery) devices for cold spares, usually created weekly. The restore process (if primary drives are gone), pop those in to spare, fire it up, and restore from most recent. This had the advantage of being testable and timed. We know how long it takes. And it's 2-4hrs until we are back up and running).
I find that I need to restart every now and then because docking and undocking on my machine causes Windows to lose it's marbles. Slowly it begins not to redraw sections of the screen, starting with menu's. If it was Windows 3.1 I'd describe it as running out of resources. Amazing how far we've come.
If Windows 10 then I don't believe shutdown or restart really do either of those things. Internally I reckon they sleep and come back as so many times you get your applications back in the same state they were in when you started
That is even after turning off windows fast start in the power options
for ages I think the only real restart is one where updates are installed
For me, depends what my mood is - often I just leave them, so they auto-sleep (like the monitors do). Or I might shut them down - these days, my machines take such a short time to boot (my Lenovo P1 boots in about 10 seconds), it's no hardship to wait through a boot sequence (of course, there's getting your environment back again - Windows could do with a feature like macOS where it'll reopen all the documents/applications you had open when you shut it down).
And most of my machines are on the Windows Insider Fast ring, so get a new Windows version roughly each week, so there's at least one restart a week...
As for docks - I use a couple of Dell Thunderbolt docks regularly and I never power cycle those.
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