Ready for a Restart

by | Feb 25, 2022 | IT Security

Timothy Jamie Luff

Timothy Jamie Luff

Desktop Support Specialist

There is an important exercise in the realm of general computer maintenance that we should all know, yet it tends to get ignored and not executed as often as it should be done. It has the power to solve most of the issues that cause computers to go crossways. When too many programs start to bunch up and run simultaneously in the background, this easily executable action can clean the clutter. Do you have a driver that is not acting right with your printer? This action can make your drivers steer right once again. Have some software components that are behind in updates? This action can bring them up to date. In fact, many of your on-screen frustrations are quickly remedied by simply pressing one single button: the restart button.

A Restart is Healthy

A computer restart contributes to the overall health of your machine. It resets RAM so that your computer can dispense of the temporary data bogging things down after it is no longer needed. By simply restarting your PC, the buildup of temporary files is immediately gone. This is why your computer has quicker response times when it is started again.

If printer drivers often drive you crazy, then a restart can help with this, too. If a driver is even a little off-center between your PC and your printer, and communication between them is impeded in any way, then printing will not work. A reboot of the computer – and printer – can reset the settings.

To do a good restart, however, it is important to observe some considerations:

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Log off from any VDI or RDP session before you restart.

Log off properly – don’t just “hit the X”.

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Save and close any files you have been working on.

Do not depend on any program to recover your work that has not been manually saved.

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This also applies to printers.

If you are motivated to restart your PC because a printer error forced you to do so, be sure to go into your system settings and clear the documents in queue.

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Restart your PC properly.

Execute the restart process in accordance with the version of Windows you are running.

Let me encourage you to not wait until things go sideways before rebooting. A good rule of thumb is to restart your computer about twice a week. Go ahead and set weekly reminders for it. An ounce of reset is worth a pound of computer malfunction cure.

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