A hard reboot refers to the process of physically removing the power from a computer and starting it back up. A soft reboot refers to the process of shutting down and restarting an operating system, and possibly restarting the computer hardware (initiated by software).

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PC restarts randomly for unknown reasons. Possibly hardware issue. What could be wrong?

My PC randomly restarts whenever there is load on it but not all the time. Examples are when I'm playing a game or watching a movie. Sometimes, I can get through hours of sessions and no restart at ...
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New Asus M32BF keeps randomly rebooting & losing Wi-Fi connectivity

The computer—an Asus M32BF—will just restart in the middle of a work session with absolutely no warning. It is also sometimes unable to find wireless networks after a reboot. Restarting the computer ...
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QNAP reboots every 16 hours or so

I have a QNAP TS-412. It has 4x 4TB WD Red drives in RAID10. The poor thing works pretty hard. Virtually 24/7 it runs at 20-30MB/sec as a backup device from a bunch of office computers and a handful ...
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Windows 7 Keeps Rebooting after RAM Upgrade

My Notebook comes with a 4GB RAM (2x2GB) (Sony Vaio vpcea46fm) I am Upgrading to 8GB (2x4GB) memory, but after i installed the new ships, windows keeps rebooting. If i return the old RAM everything ...
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How to make Windows 8 Show Advanced Startup On Boot?

I can't seem to find a way to do this, I already know how to initialize an advanced startup in Windows 8 and I have also gone through this question, but that's not what I want, I want the advanced ...
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How urgent is a *** System restart required *** for security?

To learn a bit of server administration I've set up a simple Ubuntu 14.04 server on which I run a personal website. I've set it to automatically install security updates, but leave out the other ...
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Windows 7 crashes and freezes randomly

First of all, thanks for your time! My problem is that PC freezing or craches randomly. Sometimes crashes with BSOD, sometimes PC just reboots. For notice, simple reboots are more frequent than BSOD ...
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Windows 8 will not restart if your Registry Hives are larger than 2GB. Why?

Recently I read an article and in this article it mentions that if you are running 64-bit Windows 8 it will not restart if your Registry Hives are larger than 2GB. Can anyone explain?
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Why do I have blurry application on reboot only?

I am witnessing a very weird situation on my Asus Laptop, running on Windows 8.1. Basically, if I shutdown my computer and restart it all works fine. However, if I reboot the computer using the ...
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Should I reboot after dist-upgrade?

After apt-get dist-upgrade on a desktop PC with "testing" Debian Linux, is it recommended: a. reboot; b. logout?
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What Might Cause Windows 8.1 in Bootcamp to Automatically Reboot to OSX Mavericks?

Problem I have a 27" iMac with a 1TB Fusion Drive. I have Bootcamp running with Windows 8.1 installed on a partition. When I boot into Windows and leave the computer idle, I come back to find it has ...
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D-Link DIR-655 Router rebooting itself randomly

My router keeps restarting itself randomly, usually when skype call is in progress, which is the worst time for reboot to me. The leds blinks and all wireless clients are dropped during restart. Also ...
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I cannot reboot my computer

I have a Samsung 540 notebook which has Windows 8 installed. I have the following message on my screen. "All boot options are tried. Press key to recover with factory image using Recovery or any ...
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How to permanently disable firewall in Red Hat Linux

I have followed the below steps to disable the firewall in Linux. After reboot, again firewall is enabled. How to disable firewall permanently? Login as the root user. Next enter the following three ...
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Linux machine restarting

I did some changes in /fsab ,also mounted some temporary mounts using mount command .Now the Problem is something has gone wrong and My machine is rebooting automatically after 3 min. please help me ...
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Mac pro 2,1 boots up but won't restart?

I am very confused with this problem. So I just recently purchased a 8 core 3.0ghz Mac Pro 2,1 and I upgraded the memory with 16gbs of hynix ram, and everything worked great the computer was reading ...
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Why does my computer take an abnormally long time to shut down?

I am booting Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit off an SSD (specifically, a 128GB ADATA SP900), and while it boots up incredibly fast, it also takes an obscenely long time to shut-down. The time to go ...
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When I am prompted to restart after uninstalling software, is a shutdown okay too?

When I'm uninstalling an application it says that I should either restart the computer now, or manually restart later. Will it make any difference if I shut down the computer instead? What's the ...
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Linux base device not getting shutdown

I try to shutdown my embedded system running with Linux environment using shutdown -h now. But in place of shutdown it is rebooting my system again. So can anyone give me suggestion how to shutdown my ...
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sftp scp can not work , result in network down

root@6-2:/root> scp 1.pcap yqiu@10.xx.xx.xx:~ yqiu@10.xx.xx.xx's password: 1.pcap 0% 0 0.0KB/s --:-- ETA I use scp to ...
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Open File Security Warning at boot

Every time I boot my laptop I get this annoying message. I trust this program and I want it to run on-boot without prompting me with this annoying message. Even if I unchecked "Always ask before ...
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Windows 7 computer boot issues

My father's computer (a frankenstein) will not start. It was rebooted by a software update i think and now, I boot the thing, it comes to a selection screen with two options, start computer normally, ...
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VNC Remote Reboot

I use a OS X (hackintosh) build at my house and a Toshiba Chromebook with an Ubuntu chroot on the go. Sometimes, I'm at an event and installing some software remotely through VNC and need to perform a ...
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Windows 8.1 freezes irregularly at system reboot, cold reboot fixes it

My system is windows 8.1. From sometime ago, it starts to freeze irregularly at start-up during reboot. Screen shows 2 spinning dots and freezes at the windows logo screen. Turn off the PC and turn on ...
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What could cause a system reboot after 1 - 2 hours uptime?

Since about two weeks my system (Ubuntu 14.04) causes reboots itself (it seems to freeze for a fraction of a second). The reboot problem began at that time I updated the BIOS since I had weird ...
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Laptop won't boot, restarts on its own + black screen

yesterday I was playing on my Win 7 laptop when suddenly my screen went into this colorful faulty state, something of this , though not exactly. And a second after my laptop died starting itself up ...
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Lenovo Ideapad Z585 screen remains black on restart

hope I'm posting this in the right place. Basically I've had my Lenovo ideapad z585 for a while, but recently it's started doing this thing where if the laptop is turned off/restarted, when it is ...
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Prevent local computer rebooting (windows update) during fullscreen remote desktop session

Is it possible to prevent Windows 7 from rebooting without any interaction from the user? Or even better, only if the use is using a full screen application? More details: My wife uses her home ...
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PC Reboot When Stressed

My father bought a new rig last week. It's a HP Envy Phoenix with: GEFORCE GTX 780 3072MB (Think it had GTX 760 stock) Intel i7 4770 3.4 GHz 16GB of RAM ... When under heavy load the computer ...
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Windows server restart / shut down

Can any one tell me how to disable the popup that reads: "Choose a reason that best describes why you want to shut down this computer" on windows Server 2012? This consistently comes up whenever i ...
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Find out why PC just restarted for no reason

I am using Windows 7. For some reason my PC just shut down and restarted itself. I did not receive any warnings or indication of this. Is there a way to find out why my PC just restarted?
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Laptop won't stop restarting, never fully loads windows

I recently restarted my computer, and it loads to the 'starting windows' page, then shows a grey page, goes blank, and restarts. It has been continuing this process non-stop. I have tried loading it ...
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Hard drive restore on reboot on windows embedded

My company has an old out of service device with windows embedded on it that we want to re purpose. Any changes to the drive (SD Card with 2 partitions), (ie: installed software, ip address, system ...
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Computer restarts without warning; code bcc116

Processor: Intel i5 4430 4-Core 4x3Ghz Motherboard: msi h87-g41 Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX760 Power supply: eps-750 cm RAM: 8GB I bought a new assembled gaming PC which worked fine for a few days. ...
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Random Reboots on a Windows 8.1 Custom Build

I have a Windows 8.1 custom PC that I built about 6 months ago. It worked great for several months with no problems, but about three months ago it started to reboot randomly. My computer works fine ...
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My D Drive is Read Only

After failing to import data from one Oracle database to another (in my D drive) my computer hung and I had to manually reboot my machine. Now my D drive is read only. I cannot create files, add ...
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My computer keeps making quick beeping noises then restarts when I try to put in new RAM

I looked every where to try and find the solution to this problem but I can't. I downloaded Watchdogs yesterday and it was kinda of laggy so I try to put some more RAM, but when I start up the ...
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Custom registry key deleted on reboot?

I have made a custom registry key (String Value) for identification of which computer a user logs on to. The problem is that this key is deleted whenever the computer is rebooted. The key is entered ...
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Is there a way to restart in Windows 8 using fast startup?

In Windows 8 shutting down and starting up again uses the new Fast Startup feature, reducing the boot time. Restarting uses the original cold boot behavior. I work in a dual boot environment where ...
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Weird behavior on reboot and shut down

Ever since I bought my new machine I have this really weird behavior on reboot and shut down: When I invoke a shut down, the system will shut down just fine, but the hardware stays on. I have to hold ...
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Unable to access BIOS, computer just restarts

I've got a custom built PC with an Intel i3 processor built in. This has never happened before but all of a sudden when I go to turn on my computer, and at the splash screen when I press 'DELETE' to ...
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What could be causing multiple computers in an office to restart?

Two months ago, one of the computers in our office began to restart randomly. The restarts didn't seem to follow any pattern - the CPU temperature never fluctuated and it happened both when idle and ...
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Windows XP suddenly in reboot cycle [closed]

A friend called me up today. Everything was normal yesterday, she browsed with Firefox only and didn't go to any unusual sites. Shut down normally last night. This morning whenever she boots she ...
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Windows 8 BSOD and Restart

I have Samsung ATIV book 2 laptop with windows 8. I install a game then laptop was stuck . After I click on the restart button . Now i get a blue screen with a restarting logo. (power off is not ...
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Ubuntu Server 14.04 - RAID5 created with mdadm disappears after reboot

This is my first question on superuser, so if I forgot to mention something, please ask. I'm trying to set up a home server which will be used as file server and media server. I installed Ubuntu ...
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Windows 8 uptime not resetting after restart or shut down

Memory continuously rises, probably because of various applications that I run including Chrome, and it starts to choke out windows so I try to reboot it after 3-4 days at the most. When I am in the ...
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Windows 8 cannot shut down, hibernate or sleep. It can only restart

Hoping to get lucky as i've tried to fix this problem for months. I was using my PC to fix the BCD of another. I accidentally altered my own boot records which got me in a bit of strife. After many ...
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Not able to enter bios from restart

I have an asus Sabertooth 990FX motherboard running BIOS revision 1604. I previously had to RMA it and they sent me a new one. Since then I've haven't been able to get into BIOS on restart, but from a ...
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Fresh install of Windows will not reboot, it freezes instead. Suspending will trash the install

I just installed Windows 7 Enterprise (no sp, v6.1.7600) to an Acer Aspire 5560. This problem is 100% reproducible on all 7 of the Acer 5560's I've tried it on. The installer froze instead of ...
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Is it possible to conduct a POST on a server without rebooting it

Is it possible to do a Power On Self Test on a server without rebooting it? I was told the it was possible but have not been able to find any further information on this topic. Is there additional ...