I get a lot of comments from laptop users who don’t use one of the best convenience features in Windows XP. Microsoft has included Standby and Hibernate options in the Shutdown menu for quite some time but since early implementations did not work very well people stopped using them. Standby provides the ability to shut down your computer while providing just enough power to keep everything in memory which makes resuming your work very fast. Hibernation (accessed by holding down the Shift key when the Shutdown menu is on the screen) is for longer periods of inactivity and writes the entire contents of memory to the hard disk. This takes longer to resume your work but is much quicker than booting the computer. Standby uses a little bit of power to keep the memory "live" but Hibernation does not use any battery at all.
Tablet PC and UPC users are well aware how stable this has become since WinXP SP2. The Standby and Hibernation functions work properly when used as designed and can greatly extend the battery life and get you up ad running very quickly. Laptop owners should realize this too but from the comments I get many users are not using it because they still think it unstable or slow. I also hear from users who state that they boot their laptop everyday and quite frankly there is just no good reason to do so. These days the only time I boot my laptop or my UPC is when a Windows Update requires a restart. I booted my Sony U last night for the first time in about 3 weeks and haven’t booted my laptop in over a month. So you laptop owners try Standby and Hibernation instead of shutting down totally, even if connected to power. You will start up quicker in the mornings, and exert much less stress to the components in your laptop.
On my Sony U Standby and Resume takes just 2 seconds each and Hibernation just 10 seconds.