"Have you tried restarting your computer?"

It might seem evident but restarting your computer can help resolve many of those technical issues that you might be facing on a daily basis. For example you may be having difficulties connecting to the internet, using your printer, accessing emails or even being able to open programs. Restarting your computer may just solve these frustrating problems, so give it a go!

Benefits of Restarting Your Computer

The RAM (Random Access Memory) in your computer is the main type of memory, it handles short-term tasks and data. When you restart your computer, it cleans out all of the unnecessary and unimportant temporary data that was slowing down your computer system.

Without all of those temporary files piled on your PC’s memory, your computer is able to operate a whole lot faster. The less memory that is being used, the quicker your PC is going to be able to run, allowing you to open and use applications effortlessly.

Computers sometimes lose connection to the internet and therefore require a restart. Restarting will reset the connection and will typically fix the issue. However, if you notice that your internet connection is still down after restarting, it may be best to try restarting your router.

Memory leaks occur when a program doesn’t shut down properly. Most applications use your computer’s RAM when in use and then they return it when they are closed down. However, outdated and buggy programs sometimes fail to return the borrowed RAM, resulting in memory leaks. Performing a system restart will help memory leaks from reoccurring.

If your computer hasn’t been restarted for a long period of time, then it is likely vulnerable to receiving bugs and glitches. This will typically mean that your applications will run slower than usual and your PC may freeze more often. Rebooting your computer will stop your system processors from becoming overloaded and will provide them with ample time to recharge.

When to Restart My Computer?

You should try restarting your computer:

  • After any software or patch update
  • After any software or hardware installation
  • When having issues connecting to the internet
  • When receiving driver or hardware errors
  • If your computer randomly freezes/lags
  • If your computer is generally running slowly
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How Often Should I Restart?

There is no minimum or maximum amount of times a computer should be restarted. However, restarting your computer every other week or so is an effective approach to troubleshooting those constant issues that you’re experiencing on your PC. If your computer is specifically asking you to restart then it is best to do so as updates may only take affect after restarting the system.

How to Restart Your Computer

It’s important to know that restarting your computer isn’t the same as shutting it down. Whether you use a PC or Mac, it is common for users to misinterpret the restart button for the sleep or shut down buttons.


Restarting a PC:

  • Select the Windows icon/Start icon in the bottom left.

Windows Icon


  • Click on the Power option.

Windows Power


  • Click Restart.

Restart Tutorial


Restarting a Mac:

  • Select the Apple icon in the to top left.

Apple Icon


  • Click on the Restart option.

Apple Restart Icon


  • Click Restart on the popup dialog.

Apple Restart Option

I'm Restarting My Computer Regularly But I'm Still Experiencing Problems...

If you find that your computer is having technical issues all of the time and you’re performing regular restarts but see no improvements, then it is likely that your computer needs more than just a restart. Feel free to give us a call on 020 3794 1414 or email us at info@ourtechteam.co.uk.

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