Restarting your laptop is often a quick solution to connectivity issues and minor errors. It is good practice to occasionally, save anything you are working on and restart your computer.

Reasons to Restart/Reboot:

  • If your computer is running slow
  • If the device feels very hot
  • The fans inside the machine are making an excessive amount of noise
  • After a software update
  • After any type of installation

It is good practice to develop the regular habit of shutting down your computer at the end of the day

The benefits of restarting your computer

1. Flushes RAM
RAM stands for Random Access Memory and is your computer’s main type of memory. It’s also known as volatile memory because it is constantly in flux. RAM handles short-term tasks and data. Therefore, when you restart your computer, you flush out all the random, unimportant, and temporary data bogging down your device.

2. Fast Performance
Reboots are known to keep computers running quickly. By flushing the RAM, your computer can run a lot faster without all those temporary files piled onto your PC’s memory.

3. Stops Memory Leaks
These occur when a program doesn’t close properly. Many programs borrow your computer’s RAM while open then return it when you close the program out. However, outdated, overused or glitchy programs may end up forgetting to return that memory, resulting in memory leaks. Rebooting can help prevent memory leaks from occurring.

4. Fixes Internet Connection
Sometimes computers lose their connection to the Internet and will need to be reset. The first plan of action is to restart your computer. Restarting will reset the connection.  However, please note that if restarting your computer doesn’t solve your connectivity issues, you may have to reboot your router or require further servicing.