How To Reboot A Laptop ? Complete Guide Step-By-Step

Often people ask questions about should we reboot the laptop after certain time period, is reboot going to permanently remove the data from storage and the most common asked question is how to reboot a laptop ?

These are the most frequently asked questions a laptop owner has in mind about rebooting. When we reboot the laptop, it goes shutdown first and removes all stored data in RAM which clears out all processes and some programs that used to be running in the background by using the RAM memory. Once it is removed from RAM, it gets the RAM a fresh start to perform functions.

Once the laptop gets a reboot, it gets the RAM refreshed and enhances its efficiency for speedy processing. Otherwise, RAM is the volatile memory supporting multiple-tasking and performing critical functions which reduce its efficiency over the time; user is left with only one option rebooting the laptop. For Instance, the brain performs its function all day and at the night it gets slow down and non-functional, night sleep is like a reboot that refreshes the brain for the next day and maintains its efficiency level.

When Laptop Reboot Is Recommended ?

You are recommended to reboot the laptop when you experience lagging issues and the system go slow down on frequently basis. You will notice the processing speed is higher and no lagging issues soon after reboot which improves the laptop user experience. Lagging issues increase frustration and bring a decline in productivity. Most people do not need to buy a new laptop but reboot the existing laptop to improve its speed. It also increases the speed of installing updates and enables smooth multi-tasking.  

As far as the frequency of rebooting is concerned, it is depended upon the laptop specifications. However, laptop rebooting must take place once a week. Now, it is time to answer the question about how to reboot a laptop?

How to Reboot a Laptop Installed With Windows 8/10?

Method 1:

Step one: Move the cursor on the bottom of the screen in the left corner side.

Step two: You need to click the windows sign; it will open the Start Menu.

Step three: It will appear Power icon, click on it, It will open the small list having three options, you need to select an option “Restart” from the list.

Method 2:            

Step One: Press the “Windows” and “X” Key on simultaneously basis.

Step Two: It will appear a long list of options; you select “Shut down or Sign out” and then select “Restart”. These commands will shutdown the laptop; it will be restarted after few minutes automatically. 

How to Reboot a Laptop Installed With Windows 7/XP/Vista?

Step One: Close all files and programs on the laptop and ensure no file remains open.

Step Two: Once you have closed all files and programs, go to the Start Menu on the bottom left corner of the screen. Click on the “Power” Symbol and you will see three options in the list.

Step Three: Move the cursor to the option “Restart” and click on it.

Step Four: The laptop will shutdown to restart, this process will take few minutes.

How to Reboot a Laptop with Ctrl + Alt + Del?

Step One: You need to find these Keys on the keyboard, Ctrl + Alt + Del.

Step Two: Press and Hold them at the same time, It will open up the shutdown dialogue box.

Step Three: Once the box has appeared, find the power button by its symbol. It will be on the bottom and left or right corner of the screen.

Step Four: Move the cursor and hover it over the “Power Button”, it will show the list of options. You need to select Restart from the list. It will start the laptop reboot process within minutes.

How to Perform a Hard Reboot?

Method 1:

Step One: Open the Menu from the taskbar.

Step Two: Will appear the “Power Button” on the lower side of the menu. Move the cursor and hover it over power button, you will see the list of multiple options.

Step Three: Find the Option “Shut Down” and click it. It will shut down the laptop within minute.

Method 2:

Step One: You can go for Hard-Rebooting only if the laptop screen is stuck and unable to move the cursor, do not make it a habit, and should not perform hard rebooting frequently.

Step Two: Press and Hold the “Power Button” of the laptop until its screen disappears and the keyboard lights are also switched off.

Step Three: Now you need to wait for few seconds, press the same power button again to start the laptop.

Step Four: The laptop will turn on after the hard reboot.

This method is not suggested to apply on a frequent basis as can damage the hard disk and may lose important data.

How Frequently Laptop Rebooting Should Take Place?

There is no hard and fast rule to decide how many days after, the laptop needs a reboot. The things need to consider if the laptop is being used for hours every day, it is suggested to reboot it once a week to enhance its performance and overall processing speed.

However, rebooting the laptop in one or two months is also no issue. It does not cause any harm to the laptop if rebooting takes place after two or three months. Rebooting is like refreshing the laptop memory and taking a new start which definitely improves its performance especially when it is being extremely used for long working hours.

Difference between Reboot and Reset

Many people understand “Reboot” and “Reset” are two different words having the same meaning or function. This is not true and rather both perform functions which come with different output. When a user restarts the laptop, all files and programs were opened and were also in the memory of RAM removed, the RAM gets a fresh start on restarting the laptop. On the contrary, when the laptop is rebooted and it turns on again, all the files and programs remain still in the RAM memory.

To reset the laptop, it will erase all the files, programs, and data from laptop memory. Once you turn on the laptop, the all data will be removed. The laptop will be in the state as it was when you purchased it the first time.

Reboot the laptop does not involve serious issues about damaging the system, as suggested above one can reboot the laptop once a week. But resetting the laptop should be the last option if something happens wrong to the laptop such as the system remains slow all the time.