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Okay, so not all of the problems, but many of them! Most folks don’t realize how effective it is to restart your computer.

As an in-home repair tech, and a technology pro for a school, I’ve seen thousands of computers. Take it from me, this works.

Seriously, it works.

Rebooting works for all kinds of tech and in all kinds of situations. Here are some of the most common problems it solves:

  • Trouble connecting to the internet
  • Problems with printing
  • Devices are sluggish / slow
  • Random glitches or freezing
  • Strange display (screen) issues
  • Many others!

Also, it works for all kinds of computers, for sure (Windows, Mac, Chromebook, etc.). And, it works for all other kinds of tech too. Phones, watches, TVs, smart speakers, car infotainment systems, etc. You name it, restarting it is effective.

Not 100% effective, but pretty damn close

My first line of defense in any troubleshooting situation is to restart the computer (or whatever device is acting up).

Does it solve every problem? No. I wish.

But, I would say 70-80% of the time, restarting helps. And, on the flip side, it’ll never hurt.

Why does it work?

The biggest reason is that software can linger in memory, even after you close it. This is called a memory leak.

When you restart your computer, you release all of that memory back for use.

Memory leaks are the root of many of the other problems, from sluggishness to random crashes.

Restarting your computer should be the FIRST thing you do

Start building the habit now:

Problem with your computer, restart your computer.

Problem with your computer, restart your computer.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Got it?

Two ways to restart your computer

Did you know there are two ways to restart your computer? There are!

Soft restart

soft restart is when you restart your computer using its software (and not the physical power button).

This is the method you typically think of when you “shut down” the machine.

For Windows, go to Start and then select the power icon. For Mac, click the Apple icon in the upper left corner, and click Shut Down.

In general, try a soft restart first. If it stalls or takes too long, move to a hard restart.

Hard restart

hard restart is when you restart your computer using the physical power button. This forces it to shut down regardless of what’s happening with the software.

To perform a hard restart, simply press and hold the power button until the computer shuts down.

This could take anywhere from 5-15 seconds, depending on the device.

There! Isn’t that better?

Once your computer powers back on, check to see if the problem has resolved. Hopefully all it needed was that reboot!

If not, additional troubleshooting steps may be needed. Check out my free support group on Facebook! Ask your question there, and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direciton.

How does this help grow my business?

Tech is great for as long as it works. But, the second it malfunctions, your business grinds to a halt.

If you make rebooting your machine your first troubleshooting step, you’ll save time. I guarantee it.

Long story short: Your first troubleshooting step should always be to restart your computer.