Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/195627/when-prompted-to-restart-after-uninstalling-software-is-shutting-down-okay-too/
Most of the time you do not need to restart your computer after uninstalling a program, but there are times when Windows will ask you to do so for a particular program. Can shutting your computer down work just as well as a complete restart? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.
The purpose of the restart is so the system can remove any remnants of the uninstalled program from the registry. A shutdown is the same as a restart in that regard.
The difference between a cold boot (after shutdown) and a warm boot (restart) is the cold boot clears memory. A warm boot doesn't clear memory, but the OS doesn't pay any attention to what might be left over. The exception is sometimes a warm boot is necessary when there is a RAM drive involved. The RAM drive can be reinitialized without loss of data. This is usually for diagnostics or super-user mods. It would be unmounted with a cold boot. Few will ever need to worry about it.
More proof! There are dumb questions!
Yeah, definitely a slow day. But it's also a question that a lot of people ask, so we figured that it would be worthwhile to post.
Remember that How-To Geek isn't only for regular geeks... it's for beginner geeks as well. We have a ton of articles aimed at helping grandma do something on her computer. Although in my case my grandmother teaches computer classes to other old people.
Hey geek! You have a very cool grandmother. I also teach seniors about computers.
When they say they have a dumb question for me; I tell them there aren't any dumb questions.
I would love to meet your grandmother!
A simple "Yes" would have sufficed.
What about fastboot on windows 8?
SSD, problem solved.
What about people who need a terabyte and only have room for one drive?
But, does shutting down and starting with fast boot enabled work for when a reboot is required?
buy a $20 external drive case and problem solved.
I don't know, Linux guy so not relevant to me so I've never looked that up...shutting up now.
Jay's answer is my experience over the years and most correct. Though I have had experiences where a Warm Boot does not entirely clear the memory of problem files. Being a shared file with other programs the offending file may still cause problems. If a Ram Drive is involved and holds value that could be lost and not recoverable, I would suggest a Cold Boot to clear any problem file issues from returning. The shared file if not corrupt should reload anew without the problem. This is rare that a Cold Boot should take priority over a Warm Boot.
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