Why does rebooting your computer almost always fix it?

People and computers can be very similar in some ways. After a long day, energy runs low and completing certain tasks become more difficult.

Sometimes the best thing to do is shut down and rest. Computers are the same way. When a computer is in use, applications are starting and shutting down all the time. After a while, it can really overload your computer’s memory. That’s why giving your computer a rest by rebooting it can help fix system problems you’re experiencing. Let’s talk about why this simple solution really works.

Why restarting your computer works – most of the time

If you ever call tech support and tell them you’re having issues with your device, you’ll probably hear the question, “Did you try restarting it?”

What you may not realize is there are always programs running on your computer, even if you don’t see them. When too many programs are running, it can really chew up your RAM. This may cause your computer to run slow, or worse, malfunction.

RAM, or random-access memory, temporarily stores data that helps your computer process information. Rebooting your computer shuts down programs that are causing RAM to act sluggish. This process doesn’t work with only computers. It could also help solve problems with smartphones, routers, gaming systems and more.

Restarts are sometimes a necessary evil when an update installs on windows, simply because the files that need to be updated are in use and can’t be modified until the PC reboots.
If you run your computer for weeks or months without restarting you could be a security risk for your business.

Restarting your computer won’t solve all of your problems, but it may help many of them. If you’ve tried to reboot and are still experiencing difficulties, contact us for help.