How to Reboot a Laptop?

September 20, 2021

People often wonder about what happens when a laptop is rebooted. Does rebooting remove all the data and files from the computer? What are the benefits of rebooting a laptop? How frequently should you reboot your laptop? 

These are a couple of questions that you will often come across. Rebooting the laptop is synonymous to restarting it. When you reboot a laptop, it shuts down and removes all the processes from the RAM, giving the laptop a fresh start. 

Rebooting a laptop has many advantages. The RAM is the volatile memory source of a computer that is frequently under pressure as it has to manage tasks and handle data at the same time.

New files are always making their way in and out of the RAM. Rebooting the laptop eases the RAM and enhances its efficiency. 

You can also reboot your laptop if you come across errors and observe that the computer is lagging. Installing updates is a lot quicker when you do so after you reboot your laptop. The frequency of rebooting depends on your usage and the specifications of the computer. However, every laptop should be rebooted at least once a week. 

How to Reboot a Laptop With Windows 8/10? 

Method 1:

Step 1: Move the cursor to the bottom left corner of the screen. You will see the taskbar pop up. 

Step 2: Click the windows sign to open the Start Menu

Step 3: Move the cursor to the Power icon. This will open a smaller list. Select the last option from the list which says “Restart”. 

Method 2: 

Step 1: Simultaneously press the Windows Key and X on the keyboard. 

Step 2: Select “Shut down or Sign out” and then select “Restart”. The computer will switch off, and it will turn back ON automatically after a few minutes. 

How to Reboot a Laptop With Windows 7/XP/Vista? 

Step 1: Close any files or programs that are open on the laptop. 

Step 2: After closing all the files and programs, go to the Start Menu from the taskbar. On the left side panel, you will see a button labeled “Shut down” with a small arrow next to it. 

Step 3: Hold the cursor on the side arrow to see a list of options. Navigate to the second last option in the list that says “Restart”. 

Step 4: The laptop will shut down and restart after some time. 

How to Reboot A Laptop with Ctrl + Alt + Del? 

Step 1: Find the Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys on the keyboard of your laptop. 

Step 2: Hold them at the same time. These keys are a shortcut to open the shutdown dialogue box. 

Step 3: If you are using Windows 8/10, the screen will be grey. But in the case of Windows 7/XP/Vista, there will be a blue screen. Go to the left corner of the screen at the bottom and find the power button.

Step 4: Hover the cursor over it to display the list of options and select Restart from the list. The computer will reboot within minutes. 

How to Perform a Hard Reboot? 

Method 1:

Step 1: Go to the taskbar and open the Start Menu. 

Step 2: You will find the power button on the right corner at the lower end of the menu. Hover the cursor over the power button to reveal the list of available options. 

Step 3: Browse to the option that says “Shut Down” and click it. The computer will Shut Down in a couple of minutes. 

Method 2:

Step 1: You can perform a hard reboot if your computer has frozen, and you are unable to click any button or perform any task. It is advisable not to make it a habit of performing a hard reboot frequently. 

Step 2: Hold down the laptop’s hardware power button until you see the computer screen goes blank, and all the lights also switch off. 

Step 3: Now wait for a couple of seconds and then press the power button. 

Step 4: Doing so will turn the computer ON again. 

This method is not advisable and you should only opt for it if nothing else seems to help. A hard reboot can cause your unsaved work to be lost. 

How Often Should You Reboot Your Laptop? 

There is no fixed frequency or reboot routine that one can rely on when it comes to how often you should reboot your laptop. Some people make it a habit to reboot their computer every once in a while. This has a positive impact on the performance of the computer and indeed enhances its functioning. 

However, even if you do not reboot your computer, it’s okay. This will not cause any problem or harm your computer in any way. There are times when the computer itself sends a notification asking for a restart. In this case, it is vital that you reboot the computer because not doing so can cause some issues. 

Difference Between Reboot and Reset

Many people are under the impression that reboot and reset are two terms that refer to the same thing. In reality, rebooting and resetting a laptop are two entirely different things.

Rebooting a laptop is the same as restarting it. When a computer is restarted, the programs and files that are in the RAM are removed, and the RAM gets a fresh, clean start. After rebooting, when the computer is turned ON, all the data and files are still intact. 

However, when you reset your laptop, the data and files stored on the computer are also erased. After you reset your laptop and switch it ON, you will notice that you have lost all the data and files. The laptop will return to the state it was in when you first purchased it. 

You can reboot the computer as many times as you like due to the fact that it does not have any serious repercussions. But a laptop should be reset only if you wish to give it a fresh start and wipe it out completely. 

About Uzair Ahmad

E79Dd0278E2F8B78B36B9Af6116Fec3E?S=90&D=Mm&R=GUzair Ahmad is a self-motivated information technology professional. He has been writing on Laptops, PC, and Gadgets for a long time. He mostly recommends things and knowledge base tips which are very useful in daily life.

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