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Have you ever experienced using a computer then suddenly it hanged and stayed on one page for a long time? This is a common scenario especially when a computer becomes exhausted because it has been used for a long period of time. It may also be caused by malicious software (malware) or viruses that may have corrupted some files on your registry.

Knowing what to do during these critical situations will help you save your computer from further damages that may prove to be very expensive repairs in the long run. Prevent the spread of malicious software and save your computer from damages. Learn when to “Reboot” your computer and spare yourself from these problems.

When and Why?

Computers depend on a lot of executable programs saved on your RAM in order for it to run properly. Over time as you use your machine for a lot of your work, your RAM may become overwhelmed and experience some errors and have corrupted files in it. It is also possible that your registry has been infected by a type of virus which causes the computer hang, errors and crashes. Rebooting your PC when these errors occur helps lessen the impact and may even fix the existing errors and restore your system to a safe state.

Situations That Needs a Reboot

1.    Reboot After a New Program Installation

Your system will automatically alert you to reboot your computer after a new program is installed to it. This is primarily needed to enable your system to properly write all the needed files and information on your drive. Failing to reboot your computer will render the program useless. The program will not work properly unless a soft reboot/ restart is done.

2.    Reboot When an Internal Problem Caused Your Computer to Hang

The type of reboot applicable to this problem depends on the situation. If your mouse pointer can still access the windows logo on the lower left corner of your screen then you can do the soft reboot of “restart” by choosing the right option. If in case the screen or the window hanged totally (the pointer can’t be moved and the shortcut keys are not working) then a hard reboot is needed. It is done by holding the power key for about 5-7 seconds until the indicator lights on your machine turns off.

3.    Reboot To Safe Mode When Computer Suddenly Shuts Down

 

Rebooting to safe mode is needed when an error happens or the machine suddenly turned off due to power outage or not enough battery power. It is recommended that you choose the safe mode option on the start-up screen upon turning your machine on to help your system cope up with any errors and fix it without sacrificing other files.

4.    Reboot When Reinstalling Your Operating System

This option is needed when you already decided to reformat your computer due to viruses that can’t even be removed. It is done by pressing F12 when prompted after the power button is pressed. F12 will show you the booting up options but before turning your PC on you must place your installer disk on the DVD drive first for it to be detected upon booting up.

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Rebooting a PC may sound quite complicated but it doesn’t need to be so. A computer is an important machine that has become an essential part of the day to day tasks of modern living. No matter what type of machine you own, whether it’s a desktop computer or the lightweight, portable version we commonly call “laptops”, knowing the basics when something goes wrong is an essential knowledge that a computer owner must possess.

Have you ever suffered from computers that hang for almost an hour and refused to be controlled or shutdown using the ways you know? If you already did then you might have missed to do this thing called a “reboot”.

Ways of Doing a Computer Reboot

There are 2 known ways of rebooting a PC which you can try for yourself. One is called a “soft reboot” and the other is known as the “hard reboot”. Both works perfectly depending on the type of problem you have. A soft reboot is commonly needed for computers that suffered minor system hangs or other related errors which causes some programs to stop working properly. A hard reboot on the other hand serves best for major system problems like a computer that has been logging on for almost an hour or a totally unresponsive screen where nothing is clickable anymore of the shutdown button is inaccessible anymore.

Soft PC Reboot

If your machine has a program that is unresponsive or something that keeps on loading but is not opened after a long period of time then you are suffering from an internal error that needs to be fixed. A soft reboot is needed for this type of problem. It is easily done by clicking the windows logo on the lower left corner of your computer screen and choosing the arrow right button just beside the shutdown button. When you already did that you just simply need to click the “Restart” option and you’re done!

Hard PC Reboot

A hard PC reboot is needed if your computer has been on one window and stays there for almost an hour and the options are inaccessible or are refusing to be clicked. This is a major problem that might have been caused by a program or a memory error which can only be fixed by executing a hard reboot. Hard Rebooting your computer will fix all program and system errors and will restore everything to the normal state. This is done by pressing on the power button and holding it for about 5-7 seconds until the computer has powered down. Once the power is down, wait for about 15-20 seconds more before turning the machine on again.

The Effects

Both types of rebooting your computer may cause data loss. It is always recommended that you save any work you are doing before rebooting your pc. You can do it by using the keys just in case the mouse pointer is not working. Using the arrow keys and the tab button as well as the enter button will help you navigate your window and access the file folder where you can save your work. Always do it the safe soft reboot way and avoid doing the hard reboot often if possible.

 

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Clean Your ComputerThere are a lot of things that can go wrong with your computer. But overheating is of the problems that every computer or laptop owner worries about. When electric current passes through different components in the computer, a lot of heat is generated. Although there are fans and other cooling mechanisms that the manufacturer has included in the system, computers tend to overheat when used for too long, or as they age. Here are a few tips that can help you in preventing your computer from overheating. Continue reading “Top Tips to Keep Your Computer Cool” »

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The best possible solution to cleaning a virus in your computer is to format the entire hard drive and reinstall the operating system. But not many people are inclined towards this solution as there is a risk of data loss. Also, if you don’t reinstall your OS properly, your computer will not work the way it should. This article will give you an easy way of reinstalling your OS. Continue reading “A Guide to Reinstall Your Operating System | Reinstall Operative System” »

Don't Treat Laptops Like DesktopsOne of the mistakes people do is treat laptops like desktops. This mistake will lead to reduced lifespan of the laptop and constant problems while using it. There are a few tips that you must keep in mind while taking care of your laptop. These steps are easy to follow and can be used for maintenance of your laptop right at your home. Continue reading “Top Laptop Maintenance Tips” »

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The VirusViruses and malicious software are big threats that computer users have to deal with on a regular basis. With so many different types of virus protection software available from different reputable vendors, you might think that you are off the hook when it comes to protecting your computer against threats. But that is not the case. Antivirus software can only do so much for your computer. There are a few tips that you should keep in mind to protect your computer against malicious software. Continue reading “Tips to Keep your Computer Virus-Free” »

One of the most common computer complaints is that ‘my computer has crashed’. Everyone knows what a crash is. The operating system just freezes and sometimes, you end up with a blank screen or a blue screen. The bottom line is that the computer stops working and you cannot do anything about it, how many ever times you try to restart it or reset it. The general consensus is that computer crashes occur because of a software glitch, which is partly true. But there are several steps that you can undertake to ensure that you prevent a computer crash as far as possible. Continue reading “Top Tips to Prevent a Computer Crash” »

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Windows BootingA new computer will be easy to use and you most likely will not face any kind of problem with it. But with time, issues start creeping up. Thankfully, many companies offer excellent customer service and troubleshooting options to help you with these issues. However, it is good to have an idea on how you can troubleshoot simple issues by yourself. It will not only save you a lot of time and money but will also enable you to refrain from actions that cause these simple problems. This article will introduce you to a few steps that will help you in fixing Windows boot issues. Continue reading “Guide to Troubleshoot Windows Booting Problems” »

Driver UpdateWhen you install a new hardware, say a graphics card, it cannot improve the graphics of the system on its own. It needs software that will help in integrating the new hardware into the overall system and make use of its capabilities. This software is known as a driver, which is usually provided with the hardware. Some of these drivers come in optical storage devices with the hardware pack or can be downloaded from the internet. Continue reading “The Importance of Updating Drivers” »

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Tools for computer maintenanceComputer maintenance should be an integral part of computer usage. Not only will it ensure that your computer’s life is extended and it performs at its best as long as it is used, but will also give you an improved user experience. Maintenance is not just a one-step procedure. There are a number of tasks that you should carry out in tandem to ensure that the system maintenance is done comprehensively. In this article, we will focus only on software maintenance and the type of tools that will help you in those tasks. Continue reading “Computer Maintenance Tools That You Must Have” »

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