Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again?

We can all thank the IT crowd for bringing this phrase to the attention of so many, yet did you know that restarting works?

I guarantee every one of you, when you have called IT support, would have heard those words and rolled your eyes.

So why does restarting work so well?

Let’s start by looking at what happens when your computer is running:

You open programs, then you close programs. Perhaps you install or remove software or applications. Your internet browser could be open for hours, or even days, at a time. Lots of other things stop and start as well that you never see for yourself.

Can you visualise how much is going on in the background that you are not aware of yet? We use our computers a lot, especially over the course of several days or more.

What you might not realise is that a lot of what you do leaves a footprint, usually in the form of background processes that you don’t really need running anymore, or programs that didn’t quite close all the way.

All of these “leftovers” can hog your resources – particularly the memory and hard drive.

So, when too much has gone on, that’s when problems start to appear. Yet, when you reboot you computer, every single program and process ends as the power leaves your computer during the restart process.

Once your computer starts back up, you have a clean slate again and often a faster, better working computer, with any small issues having resolved themselves.

Restarting Works on Other Devices Too

This same logic applies to other devices like your TV, smartphone, router, DVD, digital camera etc. All have tiny operating systems and software that run into the same issues that your PC sometimes does.

Rebooting those devices is usually as easy as removing power for several seconds and then returning it. In other words: unplug it and then plug it back in.

So, the next time you need to call your IT support because your computer is having issues ask yourself, have you tried turning it off and on again?
It really is not as “daft” as it sounds and can often save a lot of time troubleshooting an issue a restart solves.

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