I get asked to troubleshoot technical issues everyday. It’s a part of my job, and a part of my life. I not only support people using technology, but like most folks, use technology almost constantly every day in my personal and professional life. If you’re one of the lucky people that I deal with on a regular basis, the first question I usually ask is “have you restarted your computer today?” Sigh, I know, this is not the support you were looking for. Although it sounds like I’m stabbing in the dark, grasping at straws or just biding my time until I can power-Google your problem, I assure you that’s not the case.
Then why restart your computer? It’s not a toddler, it doesn’t need a nap. The simple answer is that restarting clears the current state of your software, allowing you to start again. Just like you clear out your short-term memory by making a list, or fixing Nintendo games by blowing into them (kidding, not kidding) restarting gets rid of the cobwebs, stray code and other stuff you don’t need. Especially if you’ve been using your computer a lot, haven’t restarted in a couple days, or downloaded new software or a software update, restarting is a very good idea.
So if your computer is running slow: restart. If your programs are not responding: restart. If you’re having internet issues: restart. If your computer is being at all wonky, you guessed it: restart! This also applies to most electronics as well, not just computers. Tablets, smart phones, kids toys, you name it! Of course you don’t HAVE to restart. If you like waiting 20 minutes to download a take-out menu, or you want your hardware and software to perform slower than molasses left outside in a Minnesota winter, then be my guest. For all the rest of your smart cookies out there, restart 😉
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