Rebooting a computer has long been seen as one way to reset your computer in an attempt to resolve computer errors. The rebooting computer tips listed here expose some of the myths of what a reboot can actually fix and presents how the System Restore program can be a more effective way to re-establish a working computer configuration.
How many times have you heard someone say ‘have you tried rebooting the computer’ as a way to fix a computer issue? While it may be said jokingly, rebooting a computer can have some beneficial effects.
The restart will clear the RAM of all cached data. If you have a program with a threading bug, then it is relatively easy for RAM to be unreleased once the program closes.
A computer reboot can also reset temporary settings for services and applications that may have become incorrectly set (it won’t remedy more permanent settings stored in the Windows registry).
However, if rebooting does not resolve your errors, then try combining it with a system file restore. This can be done using the Windows System Restore application. You can find this under Accessories/System Tools or using F5/F8 as the computer is rebooting.
What the tool lets you do is restore the computer’s system files to a previously saved snapshot. On the upside, files such as the Windows registry are rolled back to earlier working versions, and it does not affect any of your personal files (in My Documents). However, on the downside, system settings for applications installed after the snapshot date will be lost, potentially making these applications unusable (reinstall them to resolve this).
In terms of rebooting computer tips, the System Restore tool is definitely worth considering when you experience virus damage to the registry or startup problems as a way of bringing your PC back to a working state.
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