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What happens when a laptop stays on indefinitely? Should you be buying a desktop box instead? What do you need to do to keep the laptop working correctly without sleeping or hibernating on a Windows 7/dell inspiron/ intel core i7

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There should be no issues with keep a laptop on indefinitely. Just keep it plugged in. You can set the power management and sleep settings however you like.

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@Sam, you might want to remove the battery or discharge it completely once in while to prolong its life should you ever want/need to use it. – martineau Oct 22 '12 at 20:18
@martineau: That stopped mattering about a decade ago. The chargers in modern laptops are smart enough to maintain the battery in a life-maximizing float mode. – David Schwartz Oct 22 '12 at 20:24

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