How To Reboot a Computer Manually

Learning how to manually restart your computer can help you in so many ways. This is the most basic troubleshooting method that everyone needs to know. Read on to learn more about how to reboot your computer manually.

  1. First, you need to determine the kind of operating system (also known as OS) that you currently have. The procedure highly depends on your computer’s OS. Ask yourself, are you using Microsoft’s Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Apple’s Mac? All Mac computers have the same interface so there’s only one rebooting procedure for all Apple’s operating system. As for Windows’ OS, rebooting steps may slightly vary. If you are using a Windows computer but are unsure as to what type of operating system you presently have, proceed to the next step. As for users with Mac, skip the next step and immediately go to number 3.
  2. Determining the operating system of Microsoft Windows computers is quite easy. On your computer, just go to your desktop. Look for a computer icon that is labeled as My Computer (for XP) or Computer (for Vista and Windows 7). Point your mouse to the center of the icon and right click on it. A drop down menu will appear. Look for “Properties” (it is usually located at the bottom of the list) and left click on it. A page will appear and you will immediately see the type of operating system that you have on your computer. However, if you cannot see the computer icon on your desktop, there is another alternative. Go to your start menu by clicking on the Windows flag icon located at the bottom left corner of your screen. Look for My Computer or Computer on the menu and follow the same steps by right clicking on it and left clicking on the “Properties” at the end of the drop down list.
  3. Now that you know your computer’s OS, it is important that you check the current status of your machine. Ask yourself, why would you want to manually reboot it?  If your computer is completely frozen and no matter what you do, the screen would not budge, then Mac computer or not, go directly to the main power button and press it. Make sure you hold it for ten seconds. As soon as the screen goes blank and the machine literally dies down, count another 30 to 60 seconds. Let it breathe. Push the power button again until the screen lights up. If you are using a Mac computer, it will automatically repair itself and it will start normally. However, if you are using Windows, a black screen with white DOS-like fonts will appear. Choose safe mode. After the machine is fully started, click on the start menu again, which is located at the bottom left corner of your screen and this time, click on restart. This step works best for all Mac computers as well.
  4. For all Windows computers, there is another option that you can do. Press “CTRL-ALT-DEL” at the same time. A screen will appear with a list and you will see at the bottom right corner a power button. Click on it and choose restart computer.

There you have it!  Manually restarting your computer is very easy. Even the non-techie individuals can do this. Good luck!


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