There are few safety features in life: Death, taxes and turning the computer off and on when there is a problem. This advice is usually the first tip you get from friends, family and technical support.
Restarting the computer keeps it steady. It clears memory and stops tasks that eat up RAM. Even if you have closed an app, it can still tap on your memory. A reboot can also fix peripheral and hardware issues. If your computer is still running slow, this insider trick can definitely help.
So, how often should you restart your computer? Let’s take a look at how rebooting can affect your system and when to do it.
Give your computer a fresh start
We recommend that you shut down your computer at least once a week. A reboot process returns everything to boot state, from the computer̵
Many people want to turn off the computer by holding down the power button. This way can lead to more problems. Tap or click here to see how to restart your PC or Mac properly.
Restarting the computer involves two steps – shut down the computer and then restart it. When you restart / restart the computer, it loses power during the process and restarts.
Your computer will occasionally prompt you to restart it, usually after you download an update. Newer machines need fewer reboots, but a major software update usually requires one.
PRIVACY WARNING: Skip updates? You are putting your PC in danger!
Your computer is full of moving parts. The CPU, essentially the brain, has a fan. Advanced graphics cards also need a cooling system. Although solid state drives are becoming more popular, most PCs still use hard disk drives, consisting of spinning disks.
All of these components wear out over time, and the longer you keep your computer running, the shorter its lifespan.
It’s easy to get used to leaving it on to avoid having to go through the startup process, but it will help you get more life out of your computer. If you go away for a few hours or prefer not to turn things off completely, you can put your PC down for a nap.
Sleep it off
Hibernation puts the computer in low power mode. The fans stop spinning and the hard drive stops working, so things stay quiet.
In sleep mode, the current state of the computer remains in memory. When you wake up the computer, the open apps, documents, music, etc. will be exactly where you left them. Click or click here to see how iPhone and Apple Watch can help you improve your sleep habits.
To put the PC to sleep:
1. Open power options:
For Windows 10, tap Start> Settings> System> Power and Hibernation> Additional power settings.
For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1, swipe in from the edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you are using a mouse, point to the upper right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down and click Search), type Power Options in the search box and press on Power Options.
For Windows 7, tap Start> Control Panel> System and Security> Power Options.
2. Do one of the following:
If you are using a desktop, tablet or laptop computer, select Select what the power buttons do. Next to When I press the power button, select Sleep> Save Changes.
If you are only using a laptop, select Select what the lid closure does. Choose Sleep> Save Changes Next When I Close the Lid.
3. When you are ready to put your PC to sleep, press the power button on your desktop, tablet, or laptop, or close the laptop cover.
On most PCs, you can continue working by pressing the PC. However, not all PCs are the same. You may be able to wake it up by pressing any key on your keyboard, clicking a mouse button, or opening the lid of a laptop. Check the manual that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer’s website.
It takes less time to wake up a computer than to turn it on after a shutdown, but sleep mode still uses power. To remove bugs, memory leeches, malfunctioning network connections and more issues, a reboot is the way to go.
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