Turn it off and back on again! Why restarting a computer fixes issues — SuperTechman

Have you tried turning it off and back on again?

  • Windows is Slow. If you find that navigating around your Windows operating system is performing very slowly. It’s possible that a misbehaving program is using 99% of your CPU and draining the computer’s resources. As your I.T support person, I would typically open your task manager and hope to find what program this is. Instead of calling I.T and have them waste time troubleshooting the problem, simply by rebooting could easily fix the issue.
  • Program is Using Too Much Memory. When your programs consume too much memory, temporary hard drive space, and other valuable resources they may eventually run out and cause your computer to slow down until it finally halts altogether. Rebooting “refreshes” those resources, and allows you to continue working at an optimal speed.
  • Internet or Wi-Fi Network Problems. If you have a problem with your Wi-Fi or Internet connection, the software on your router or modem may have encountered a problem. Restarting your router/ modem is a common solution for connection problems. Your modem/ router has a connection to your ISP that can become corrupted. Rebooting disconnects and forces a new connection.
  • Rebooting fixes problems. When you reboot, your computer performs a series of diagnostic checks and often fixes problems without you knowing. So if your computer is acting strange, often rebooting fixes the error.
  • It helps in troubleshooting. Rebooting helps troubleshoot the problem tells us whether or not the problem permanent or temporary and has been resolved from a reboot. A one-time problem, like a program freezing, would not refreeze after rebooting and you may never see the issue again.

Difference between a “Soft Reset” and a “Hard Reset”

There are two types of restarts or resets you can perform. A “soft reset” is simply restarting a device normally by turning it off and then on again. A “hard reset” is resetting its software state back to its factory default state.



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