24 Aug Why rebooting works
Ever wondered why your tech team always tells you to reboot? You go to them with a frustrating problem and usually their first suggestion is ‘have you tried rebooting’.
Are they joking!? Is it really that simple?
It might sound a little silly and obvious but sometimes a reboot really is all it takes.
Here’s why turning your computer off and then on again can be the solution to many computer problems and how it works.
How rebooting works
Just like the human brain needs sleep, computers also need a chance to refresh. When you wake up from a good sleep, all of your short term memories are compiled and released. All of your running services have a chance to stop and reset and when you wake up you are fresh and ready to get to work again without all the clutter from the day before. This is what happens when you reboot your computer. It is a good habit to shutdown or restart your computer at least daily.
Everyday we use our computers, constantly opening and closing programs. When you use your computer constantly, without shutting it down, you get a buildup of programs, like internet browsers. All of this information is stored and uses up your computer’s memory until you eventually refresh it and clear it out. If you don’t refresh your computer often, by restarting or rebooting or shutting it down overnight, you will notice your computer gets slow and sluggish. You may also get annoying error messages and programs that won’t open or respond. These are definite signs that a reboot is in order.
Rebooting means turning your computer off and then on again but make sure not to just hit the power button. The safest way to reboot is to click on the power button inside windows or on your Mac and choose restart.
If you’re problem isn’t resolved after rebooting, get your IT provider to check it out right away as it may be a more critical problem.