Why Is Rebooting My Computer Regularly a Good Idea?

Why Is Rebooting My Computer Regularly a Good Idea?

One simple task that many people put off day after day and week after week is rebooting their computer.

It can be a major hassle of you’re in the middle of work and want to keep windows, apps, or files open so you can pick up where you left off yesterday. This is one reason people go too long without rebooting.

Another reason is that some people think closing their laptop and putting it to sleep is the same as rebooting (it’s not!).

Part of ensuring your device is running at peak efficiency is rebooting regularly (at least once a week), otherwise you may run into performance problems that require a search for Denver computer service and a trip to the shop.

What Happens During a Reboot?

It helps to know what happens to your computer when you reboot so you can understand why going weeks without rebooting can cause performance issues.

When you simply put your computer to sleep, it doesn’t completely close out applications, clear out memory, or restart CPU functions. This is why going into sleep mode is not the same as a reboot.

When your computer reboots, the following things happen:

  • All running applications are closed
  • Memory is cleared and reset
  • Controllers, CPU, and peripherals are all reset
  • The operating system is restarted

Reasons You Need to Reboot Your PC Regularly

If you don’t want to have to replace your PC sooner than you should, you’ll want to reboot it every few days, or at least once a week, to keep it running efficiently.

You may also find yourself a whole lot more productive, because rebooting can fix multiple problems that slow desktops and laptops down on a regular basis.

Here are the reasons to reboot regularly.

Speed Up Performance by Flushing Memory

Your random-access memory (RAM) can easily be eaten up by video and ad-heavy webpages as well as by multi-tasking in multiple programs at once. When memory is in short supply on your computer, it leads to freezing issues and slow response time in applications.

A reboot stops all programs and releases the memory they’re using, so your PC is faster once it restarts.

Install Critical Security Patches and Updates

One big problem you can have if you rarely reboot is that a vital operating system or software security patch may not be installed. Many of these require a system reboot to finish the installation process.

Last year, 60% of data breaches happened due to unpatched security vulnerabilities. Ransomware, spyware, and other types of malware often use found vulnerabilities in code to infiltrate a device.

By rebooting regularly, you ensure that any vital updates that may have been waiting to install are applied and your device is properly patched against malware, data breaches, and more.

Fixes Glitches with Applications

Have you ever had a problem happen in an application after using it too long? Perhaps a search function stopped working properly or you could no longer access a dropdown that you should.

Rebooting resets applications and completely closes them out. This often fixes glitches that happen when they’ve been kept open for too long.

Solves When an App Won’t Close Or Runs Multiple Instances

Sometimes you can look at your running processes list and see more than one iteration of an application running (and tanking your PC performance). This can happen with any type of program when something goes wrong, and the operating system runs more than one instance of the same program.

Another issue with this type of program “hang” is that an application may not close at all, even when you try to quit it by force.

If you’re not able to get rid of one or more instances of an application, rebooting will close them all out, release the RAM they’re using, and clear up the problem. 

Correct Internet Connection Issues

Another helpful issue that rebooting often fixes is a problematic internet connection. If you sometimes experience your Wi-Fi connection or a Bluetooth connection to a wireless mouse or keyboard fading in and out, those connections may need to be reset.

Rebooting accomplishes this and often can improve a problematic internet connection that isn’t related to the modem or router itself.

Can Ward Off More Costly Problems 

There are certain problems that indicate the need for a reboot, and not doing so can lead to more costly issues in the future.

These problems can lead to anything from a peripheral no longer connecting (such as losing connection to your wireless printer) or an overheating of your motherboard. 

Here are some red flags that indicate a need to reboot as soon as possible:

  • Driver or hardware error
  • Computer running too hot
  • Device fans are running louder than usual
  • Continuous application crashes
  • Unable to open a file or folder
  • Regular system error messages

Keep Your Computer Running Fast & Productively

Experiencing strange computer problems that a reboot won’t solve? The experts at B-Comp Services will diagnose the issue and get you a solution in no time. 

Contact us today for any and all technology needs. Call at 303-282-4934 or contact us online.