How often should I reboot or restart my computer?

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Power buttonThere is no minimum or maximum amount of times a computer should be restarted (warm booted). Unless your computer is requesting to be restarted, leaving your computer on without restarting will not harm the computer in any way.

Restarting your computer can also be a useful troubleshooting step if it is experiencing issues that cannot be resolved.

Should I restart or shut down my computer?

If you plan on continuing to use your computer or you're troubleshooting your computer, it should be restarted instead of shut down and then turned back on. If you're done with the computer for the day, it can be shut down and then turned back on when you are ready to use it again. Both restarting a computer and shutting down a computer and then turning it back on will re-initialize your operating system, software, and hardware.

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