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.