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Subject: Why Does Rebooting a Computer Fix So Many Problems?, Dn's tip for 
October 28 2013

Why Does Rebooting a Computer Fix So Many Problems?



Ask a geek how to fix a problem you've having with your Windows computer and 
they'll likely ask "Have you tried rebooting it?" This seems like a flippant 
response, but rebooting a computer can actually solve many problems.

So what's going on here? Why does resetting a device or restarting a program 
fix so many problems? And why don't geeks try to identify and fix problems 
rather than use the blunt hammer of "reset it"?


This Isn't Just About Windows

Bear in mind that this soltion isn't just limited to Windows computers, but 
applies to all types of computing devices. You'll find the advice "try 
resetting it" applied to wireless routers, iPads, Android phones, and more. 
This same advice even applies to software - is Firefox acting slow and 
consuming a lot of memory? Try closing it and reopening it!


Some Problems Require a Restart

A RELATED ARTICLE can be found here::

Everything You Need To Know About the Blue Screen of Death



The blue screen of death - or BSOD - is always an unwelcome sight. BSODs appear 
when Microsoft Windows encounters challenges in restarting.  

To illustrate why rebooting can fix so many problems, let's take a look at the 
ultimate software problem a Windows computer can face: Windows halts, showing a 
blue screen of death. The blue screen was caused by a low-level error, likely a 
problem with a hardware driver or a hardware malfunction. Windows reaches a 
state where it doesn't know how to recover, so it halts, shows a blue-screen of 
death, gathers information about the problem, and automatically restarts the 
computer for you . This restart fixes the blue screen of death.

Windows has gotten better at dealing with errors, for example, if your graphics 
driver crashes, Windows XP would have frozen. In Windows Vista and newer 
versions of Windows, the Windows desktop will lose its fancy graphical effects 
for a few moments before regaining them. Behind the scenes, Windows is 
restarting the malfunctioning graphics driver.

But why doesn't Windows simply fix the problem rather than restarting the 
driver or the computer itself?  Well, because it can't - the code has 
encountered a problem and stopped working completely, so there's no way for it 
to continue. By restarting, the code can start from square one and hopefully it 
won't encounter the same problem again.


Examples of Restarting Fixing Problems

While certain problems require a complete restart because the operating system 
or a hardware driver has stopped working, not every problem does. Some problems 
may be fixable without a restart, though a restart may be the easiest option.


A RELATED ARTICLE entitled "Beginner Geek: What Every Windows User Needs to 
Know About Using the Windows Task Manager" can be found at the link below.


The Windows Task Manager is an important tool for every Windows user. It can 
show you why your computer is slow.


Let's say Windows is running very slowly. It's possible that a misbehaving 
program is using 99% CPU and draining the computer's resources. A geek could 
head to the task manager and look around, hoping to locate the misbehaving 
process an end it. If an average user encountered this same problem, they could 
simply reboot their computer to fix it rather than dig through their running 


·         Firefox or Another Program is Using Too Much Memory: In the past, 
Firefox has been the poster child for memory leaks on average PCs. Over time, 
Firefox would often consume more and more memory, getting larger and larger and 
slowing down. Closing Firefox will cause it to relinquish all of its memory. 
When it starts again, it will start from a clean state without any leaked 
memory. This doesn't just apply to Firefox, but applies to any software with 
memory leaks.



·         Internet or Wi-Fi Network Problems: If you have a problem with your 
Wi-Fi or Internet connection, the software on your router or modem may have 
encountered a problem. Resetting the router - just by unplugging it from its 
power socket and then plugging it back in - is a common solution for connection 

In all cases, a restart wipes away the current state of the software . Any code 
that's stuck in a misbehaving state will be swept away, too. When you restart, 
the computer or device will bring the system up from scratch, restarting all 
the software from square one so it will work just as well as it was working 


"Soft Resets" vs. "Hard Resets"

In the mobile device world, there are two types of "resets" you can perform. A 
"soft reset" is simply restarting a device normally - turning it off and then 
on again. A "hard reset" is resetting its software state back to its factory 
default state.

When you think about it, both types of resets fix problems for a similar 
reason. For example, let's say your Windows computer refuses to boot or becomes 
completely infected with malware. Simply restarting the computer won't fix the 
problem, as the problem is with the files on the computer's hard drive - it has 
corrupted files or malware that loads at startup on its hard drive. However, 
reinstalling Windows (performing a "Refresh or Reset your PC" operation in 
Windows 8 terms) will wipe away everything on the computer's hard drive, 
restoring it to its formerly clean state.

This is simpler than looking through the computer's hard drive, trying to 
identify the exact reason for the problems or trying to ensure you've 
obliterated every last trace of malware. It's much faster to simply start over 
from a known-good, clean state instead of trying to locate every possible 
problem and fix it.


A RELATED ARTICLE entitled "Beginner Geek: How to Reinstall Windows on Your 
Computer" can be found at the link below.


Reinstalling Windows is one of the easiest ways to fix software problems on 
your computer, whether it's running slow or some other issue.


A related article entitled:  "Everything You Need to Know About Refreshing and 
Resetting Your Windows 8 PC" can be found at the link below.



Windows users regularly reinstall Windows (or restore from a recovery 
partition) to fix system problems.  Ultimately, the answer is that "resetting a 
computer wipes away the current state of the software, including any problems 
that have developed, and allows it to start over from square one." It's easier 
and faster to start from a clean state than identify and fix any problems that 
may be occurring, in fact, in some cases, it may be impossible to fix problems 
without beginning from that clean state.




Virse and Thought for This week

Deuteronomy 30:11,14
"For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither 
is it far off ... But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in 
your heart, so that you can do it." (ESV) 

Today's Inspiring Thought: You Can Do It!

Is there an area of struggle in your Christian walk that seems impossible for 
you to conquer? I have one. (Well, at least one.) And, I doubt I'm the only 
Christian who has cried, "Lord, I just can't do this! It's too hard for me." 

I don't know why certain challenges in our spiritual life are harder than 
others. But, this verse gives us some clues to overcoming when we face a giant 
problem. The Word! Hopefully, it is "very near you." If not, bring it close, 
right now! And, keep it close. Memorize it. Let it be "in your mouth and in 
your heart." By the power of the Holy Spirit, speak God's Word to your giant. 
Meditate in your heart on God's Word, "so that you can do it!" 



You are invited to a time of praise and prayer from 5:00 to 6:00 every Tuesday 
held in the lounge at First Presbyterian Church 870 W. College Jacksonville, 
Il.   Come in the double glass doors by day care off of West Minster.  Turn 
right at the first set of double doors across from the coat closets.  Go up 
these stairs and turn left at the top.  

The lounge door will be opened and welcoming you in to God's open house of 
praise and prayer!



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