Sleep vs Hibernate vs Shut Down - Windows 10 and 7 VMs

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  1. SWANDY

    SWANDY Bit Poster

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    I recently started using Parallels again - first to run a VM of Windows 7 (to run some older games and programs) and now to run a Windows 10 VM (because of the advent of loss of support for Windows 7).
    Is there any preference or advantage/disadvantage of using Sleep and/or Hibernate vs an actual Shut Down? (I realize that both Sleep and Hibernate take much less time to actually shut down and start up than a full Shut Down.)
    Also, if there is no real concern/danger of using Sleep to shut down the two VMs (again as opposed to actually shutting down Windows 7/10), how will using Sleep effect - if any - a Time Machine Backup? How about a clone backup using a program like Carbon Copy Cloner? Is it not a good idea if a restore is necessary to do it from a VM that was not properly shut down but put into sleep mode before the backup was performed?
    Thanks
    Steve
     
  2. Maria@Parallels

    Maria@Parallels Parallels Team

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    Hi Steve, we recommend to keep the virtual machine Shut Down during any backup process. And for more info about backup methods you can check this KB article https://kb.parallels.com/4859
     
  3. SWANDY

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    Thanks for the reply. Sort of figured it was advised to shut down for backups. What about for general use? Any major concerns about using sleep vs a full shutdown?
     
  4. Maria@Parallels

    Maria@Parallels Parallels Team

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    Shutting down Windows in Parallels Desktop is just like shutting down Windows on a real PC. Shutting down your VM, gives an opportunity to save your working progress. Check this article for more info.
     

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