Restarting Your PC 201
FAQ's about Restarting PC's
For a quick overview, check out Restarting Your PC 101
Question: How often should restart my PC?
Question: Is turning off (Shut Down) my PC and then powering it back on the same as restarting it?
Short answer: No.
Longer answer with reasons: No. Read below for information about differences between Shut Down and Restart:
➵ Shut Down: Closes all programs and files that are open, but doesn't shut down the Windows kernel (core of the operating system). The kernel enables the software and the hardware to work together.
➵ Restart: Shuts down all of the computer's processes, including any open programs, open files and the operating system kernel. Restarting takes longer because of this very important process.
Question: How do I restart my PC? Can I simply tap the power button on my PC tower?
Answer: Best practice to restart your PC is to Click on the START MENU (or Windows key). Select the POWER BUTTON. Select the RESTART option.
Unless your PC is frozen/non-responsive, it is highly recommended not to power off your PC using the power button! This is because immediate power loss (or surges) may cause damage to sensitive PC components.