Restarting (aka Rebooting) is a fundamental action everyone should do. Some benefits of rebooting are:
- Helps Your Computer Run Faster and Efficiently
Routine rebooting will free up resources such as memory and delete temporary files used by various software. These “temp” files and consumption of other resources can cause your computer to slow down and in extreme cases even come to a complete halt. You will often find that simply rebooting your computer can cause it to run faster and with less problems.
- Installs Updates
A reboot will ensure that you get properly connected to PALCS servers to receive the latest updates assigned to your computer user profile. PALCS sends out regular updates. Rebooting helps ensure that students receive those updates.
- Fixes Small Errors
During a reboot, Windows performs various diagnostics and system checks in the background. Sometimes if you feel that your computer is simply “acting strange”, a reboot may solve the problem. In fact, rebooting can pre-emptively fix some problems before they occur.
So how often should you reboot?
Daily. Shutting down your computer at the end of the day and turning on in the morning is a good practice. However be advised that simply shutting the lid to your laptop or allowing your desktop to go to sleep is not the same as rebooting. Shutting down from the Start Menu is the best approach (see picture below).