Answer by chadt4 · Jul 05, 2010 at 04:26 PM
Not unless you have a virus installed. But there is no physical harm done in turning on a computer, over time you will eventually wear it out, but what would you rather do, not turn it on and preserve the parts for longer, or turn it on and use it for 5 years?
Answer by ageekmom · Jul 05, 2010 at 04:28 PM
Yes, if you were electrically charged and zapped it just right with static electricity or were rough with the power button and broke the contacts or something. It's possible to do pretty much anything harmful to a piece of electronics if you try hard enough or are unlucky enough.
Answer by Leapo · Jul 05, 2010 at 05:20 PM
Yes, cold booting a computer is fairly harsh on its internal components.
Capacitors have to charge up, you have heat expansion going on all over the place, hard disks have to spin up which puts wear on the motor, the list goes on. There's also a lot of extra amp draw when you first power on a computer, which puts relatively high load on your power supply for a few moments.
Really, though, this is all normal wear and tear. If you're OCD about rebooting, you might accelerate the wear process, but I doubt it.
Answer by roguekiller23231 · Jul 06, 2010 at 05:25 PM
there is one situation that could totally destroy your pc just by turning it on, and thats the little red switch on most PSU's. switch it to the wrong voltage and BANG! psu blows up.
take your PC abroad were the voltage is higer and you forget to change the switch to the correct voltage, same thing happens.
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