How many times have you heard a tech person say this when you ask how to fix a problem on your device? It might seem like a flippant response, but restarting your device can actually solve many problems. This same advice even applies to software, your modem/router or your smart phone. Have something acting sluggishly and unresponsively?—Try rebooting it!
So what’s going on here? Why doesn’t the device simply fix the problem? 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 scratch and hopefully not encounter the same problem again. It’s like when we sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to go…devices and software need “rest” to restart themselves, too.
Basically, a restart wipes away the current state of things. It’s often easier and faster to start from a clean state than to identify and fix any problems that may be occurring. When you have old oil in your car, instead of going in and removing each piece of dirt from the oil, we just change the oil. Restarting is a similar idea.
How does rebooting work?
Your device's random access memory (RAM) is in a constant state of change and handles lots of short-term tasks and data. Rebooting your device flushes these out.
Stops Memory Leaks
Every program uses memory while it's open. Memory leaks happen when a program doesn't close properly and the memory the program was using isn’t returned to the device. Outdated, overused or glitchy programs may not always return memory, so closing the software or restarting can help.
Fixes Small Errors
When you reboot your device it allows it to runs diagnostics on itself, automatically fixing minor errors.
Every piece of software on your device has the potential to receive updates, which can add new features or fix issues. Often times, you must restart your computer to download and install these updates.
Speeds up Windows (or any other system)
Sometimes a program is using 99% of a device’s resources, but it’s not always easy to find which one is misbehaving, so simply rebooting can resolve it.
Stops a Program from Using too Much Memory
Some programs will consume more and more memory over time and get larger and slower. Closing them will cause it to relinquish their memory.
Resolves Internet or Wi-Fi Network Problems
If you have a problem with your Wi-Fi or Internet, the software on your router or modem may have encountered a problem. Resetting the router by gently unplugging it from its power socket and then plugging it back in is a common solution for connection problems.
Contact Lea Sloan if you have any questions about rebooting your device or software.
Why Does Rebooting s Computer Fix So Many Problems? How-To-Geek http://www.howtogeek.com/173760/htg-explains-why-does-rebooting-a-computer-fix-so-many-problems/
How Often Should You Restart Your Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop or PC? PC Advisor http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/mobile-phone/how-often-should-you-restart-your-smartphone-tablet-laptop-or-pc-3599208/
Reasons to Reboot Your Computer Nightly by Thomas McNish, Demand Media