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How rebooting can help fix computer problems

How rebooting can help fix computer problems
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This entry is part 23 of 25 in the series Opinion

Sometimes our computer systems can be frustrating, especially when we are working on something really serious and the system is giving trouble.

The computer can either be slow, hanging or not responding for a long time. In many cases, just restarting the system can help solve the problem.

To know why restarting the system helps to solve some computer problems, it is good to know what happens when your system is on.

When a person boots his computer, there are some programs that start running automatically, like the antivirus and other system utilities; while some other programs are started by the user.

How rebooting can help fix computer problems
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[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]Restarting works on other devices too. The same logic applies to other devices that people don’t call computer but are actually computers.[/quote]Sometimes, programs like the Internet browsers and office applications remain open for a long period of time. Other programs have been started and closed by the user. So many things happen at the background during all these processes, which you may not see.

Whenever a program is opened, the program files are copied into the Random Access Memory (RAM), a system memory resource. When the program is closed, the operating system leaves behind a kind of footprint, usually in the form of background processes which do not really need running anymore, or programs that did not quite close all the way. And when too much of that goes on, you start to get problems, like a sluggish system, programs that won’t open anymore, error messages and some other common problems.

At this point, when you reboot your 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 of sorts again and, more often than not, a faster, better working computer.

Restarting works on other devices too. The same logic applies to other devices that people don’t call computer but are actually computers.

However, it is important to note that not all computer problems are solved by simply rebooting (or restarting) the system. After restarting and the problem persist, then there is need to see a qualified computer technician to help fix the problem.

What I am saying here is that, do not be quick to call a technician just because the system starts hanging or is slow, or maybe when the mouse begin to malfunction. Restarting might just be the solution to the problem. Just restart the system first, before thinking of calling for a repair in case it doesn’t get fixed.

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