chrishoffman at October 15th, 2013 06:40 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/173760/htg-explains-why-does-rebooting-a-computer-fix-so-many-problems/
Ask a geek how to fix a problem you’ve having with your Windows computer and they’ll likely ask “Have you tried rebooting it?” This seems like a flippant response, but rebooting a computer can actually solve many problems.
cadunbar78 at October 15th, 2013 07:53 — #2
However, reinstalling Windows (performing a “Refresh or Reset your PC” operation in Windows 8 terms) will wipe away everything on the computer’s hard drive, restoring it to its formerly clean state.
This is simpler than looking through the computer’s hard drive, trying to identify the exact reason for the problems or trying to ensure you’ve obliterated every last trace of malware. It’s much faster to simply start over from a known-good, clean state instead of trying to locate every possible problem and fix it.
Your average geek will know this already, but in case a novice comes along and reads this article you might also want to mention that they'll need to back up their personal data.
nsdcars5 at October 15th, 2013 08:08 — #3
When you have a laptop, try removing the battery and AC cable between reboots. This prevents current from going anywhere in your laptop, so RAM gets properly emptied and stuff.
sirraf03 at October 15th, 2013 08:41 — #4
Similar to the 10-10-10 reset for the routers.
meoow at October 15th, 2013 08:50 — #5
I just remembered Roy's classic line from "The IT Crowd": "Have you try to turn it off and on again?"
thomas_kolakows at October 15th, 2013 14:16 — #6
Just like with the Cable company. Their answer to every issue is to reboot the box! Of course they say that even if you tell them that the error code says Hard Disk failure But most of the time it does the trick!