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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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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Difference between shutting down and turning on vs. restart in Windows 8?

In Windows 8, is there a difference between: Shutting down my computer (inside W8) and then instantly turn it back on again vs. Restarting it from inside Windows 8 Edit: Talking about normal Windows ...
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Restart-Computer and hold script

I'm running a Powershell script that requires a reboot in the middle of the script. After the reboot, the script is executing some commands (that can't be executed before the reboot!). I'm rebooting ...
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Virtual Win 7 machine irreparable on reboot (with pending Windows updates)

I have a virtual Windows 7 machine running in VMWare Workstation. Every time I reboot, Windows updates are configured and installed, the boot process fails, and finally the system attempts and fails ...
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Booting Kali Linux from USB from a MacBook Pro running on Windows 7

I wiped OS X from my computer a while ago and started using Windows 7 instead (school and work reasons). I am trying to install Kali Linux on my computer on a separate partition. I have tried too many ...
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My PC doesn't restart properly

When I try to restart my PC (W7 Home Premium), it will close down Windows and save the settings, but after this when the screen goes dark like normally at a shutdown/reboot, it stays dark and the ...
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MacBook Pro 13 early 2011 random restarts and verbose log needed

I have a MacBook Pro 13 Early 2011 model that has been experiencing some random restarts (across OS’s Mavericks and Yosemite). I have tried almost every fix offered online. SMC PRAM reset, reseating ...
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Immediate Restart After Power On - Before BIOS

When I originally built this PC, it had an issue with randomly restarting. I proceeded to try a bunch of things and ended up unplugging everything except the power switch and the cards I have in it. ...
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Why does restarting a computer solve wifi connectivity issues?

I saw the the question on this site, asking about why restarting a computer can fix things in general, and I figured I might press for additional insight. On occasion I'll be scooting along on the ...
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My computer that is plugged into an UPS reboots when the power goes down [duplicate]

I am using a Seasonic SS 400et active PFC F3 power supply, but my computer reboots when the power goes down. The computer's processor is an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600. I have 6 GB RAM and a GTS 250 512 ...
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Windows 8 restart every day at 12:13:14 AM

I assume it's a virus, but I couldn't find about it on the web. My windows started to (I don't know what I did, or which program I've installed) restart every day at 12:13:14 AM. I have no idea what ...
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Computer restarts on power failure with UPS

I am having power cut problems in my country. I am using an uninterrupted power supply with these specs waveform: modified sine wave typical 15-20ms, 30ms max My computer restarts when power goes ...
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How to (really) force a restart remotely

I'm managing a small remote server and recently I've been having issues related to USB driver (or at least I believe so) disabling some of USB controllers and preventing system restart. It doesn't ...
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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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Have to reboot router to make it work properly on specific devices

I have a Linksys router (WRT610N ver 2.0) that I never hard problem with in the last 2-3 years, until 2 days ago. Sometimes(often after a reboot or a wake up) my laptop wont connect at all, or connect ...
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Computer randomly restarting: motherboard or processor?

My computer randomly restarts. Is it more likely my motherboard or processor? So, I know which one to return or replace first. Windows 7 SP1 64-bit Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 CPU: Intel i7 ...
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How do you shutdown or restart a Windows computer over a Remote Desktop connection?

When I connect to my Windows 7 desktop computer via Remote Desktop (MSTSC.exe), the options under the Start Menu are "Log Off" (the default), "Lock", and "Disconnect". How do I restart (or shutdown)?
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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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Random Restarts [Not Heat Related]

As recently as in the last three days, my computer, during very or what seemed very random times, would just restart. The fans wouldn't even go to a halt and the lights wouldn't turn off. Normally ...
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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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Instant reboot on Windows: how to help analyzing the issue for Microsoft?

So, I accidentally found a critical issue on Windows: the ability to instantly reboot the system from an application. I already reported it on connect.microsoft.com here and on Windows Feedback. But: ...
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Toshiba laptop: “reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key”

This message comes up whenever I reboot my Toshiba Satellite-P845T laptop. reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key Whether I remove the ...
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Prevent shutdown, reboot etc. for the remote control via TeamViewer

Is it possible to configurate the TeamViewer so the user can't performs the shutdown, reboot, lock user, log off etc. via remote control?
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Activate “Reopen Windows When Logging Back In”

I got OSX Yosemite 10.2.2 and even when I Check Reopen Windows When Logging Back In before shutdown then when I start my last windows are not reopened. How to solve this please ?
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Windows 7 restarts while being idle

My Windows 7 almost always restarts when I keep it idle for ~20-30mins. It happened randomly before, but lately, if I leave the computer I can be sure it's gonna restart after those 30mins. It never ...
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Can PSU force my PC to restart?

I recently had a problem where my PC restarts after watching Twitch channels or playing games. It looks like PC lost power and then booted back up. My specs are: CPU: Intel i5 3570K @ 3.9ghz [OC'ed] ...
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Mac Mini running Yosemite randomly shutdowns then gets caught in reboot cycle for a while - logs don't show much

Running a Mac Mini 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 with 16GB RAM. I've recently been experiencing random shutdowns that appear to have no noticeable cause in the logs. This is a log showing the most recent ...
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Is there a way to run a specific script with every “halt” and “reboot” command on Linux?

I need to find a way to somehow intercept the halt and reboot commands and execute different actions via shell script before the actual halt and reboot commands are executed. Is that possible without ...
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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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My Asus u56e is randomly rebooting again. Any Ideas?

This seems to be a popular problem for Asus users. However, I have not found a definite cause or solution for the problem. This machine is roughly four years of age now, and was recently given to me ...
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Seemingly random reboot during OS installation

I've recently changed my mobo and as usually in this case my OS wouldn't boot properly(I got past login, then, after few seconds, reboot). I proceeded to fail-safe mode, backed up my data and begun ...
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Remotely turning on or rebooting a frozen computer

I use a remote desktop program (usually Microsoft's Remote Desktop) to connect to a Windows machine everyday. The remote computer has a fixed IP address, and if the computer is on and responsive, I ...
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Boot Camp: is it possible to restart directly to Windows from Mac OS X?

With the Boot Camp tools installed on Windows, there's an option for rebooting directly to Mac OS ("Restart in Mac OS X" from Boot Camp system tray item). But is this possible in the opposite ...
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What is causing constant restart, but stops after removing graphics card?

This is has been a recurring problem, a few times in the last six months. Windows 8.1 custom gaming PC. The computer will power on for ten seconds, shut down, then auto restart. The problem ...
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My computer won't start because it keeps restarting

My computer suddenly doesn't start today (last used it last week). When start it up, it was up for a few seconds, and then it restarts itself. This happens again and again. There is no beep at all. ...
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how do i get my taskbar back without rebooting (multiple monitors)

after i start/restart my Win8.1 laptop with an external monitor on HDMI, the taskbar is on both monitors. The only difference is that on the laptop display, the notification area, a.k.a. "the tray" ...
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How do I prevent HP BIOS from remapping my function keys? Or map them back without reboot?

I want to prevent my machine firmware from mapping the function keys on the keyboard in the way that HP thinks that they should be mapped, and map them in the way that I think that they should be ...
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Computer restarts repeatedly after BIOS/Motherboard screen

Every morning I turn on my computer—which is relatively new—and I never had any issue with it until now. It starts booting, shows that very first screen which has some motherboard picture, then it ...
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On first initial boot up, board does not recognize HDD, keyboard

I upgraded to an MSI board after previous board failure. (I also replaced the PSU, CPU and GPU) Reusing the same HDD with Win8.1. On each initial boot up, it does not recognize the HDD or USB devices ...
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Consequences of turning off computer during Windows Vista update (“Do not turn off your computer”)?

My system has been stuck at "Configuring updates" for about an hour with the percentage stuck at 25%. If I do a hard reboot, what are the likely and worst-case consequences?
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Disable Auto-Restart Prompt after Windows Update (in Windows Vista/7)

I've mastered how to disable/delay the Automatic Restart prompt after Windows Update deems it necessary to restart my computer in XP. But, now I'm using both Windows 7 and Vista and that method no ...
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How do I restart redis that I installed with brew?

I used brew to install redis (a key/value store database server) for my node.js app. brew install redis However, it seems to disappear and is very volatile. Because I'm using redis as my session ...
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hp mini 110-3510nr laptop won't restart

Here is the information of my hardware and software hardware : hp mini 110-3510nr OS : Windows 7 starter (freshly installed) My laptop is a hp mini 110-3510nr. It has windows 7 starter installed in ...
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Unable to shutdown, who to blame?

My PC has always suffered from this problem: upon reboot, the power, instead of staying up and running until BIOS POST, most of the time (but not always, and that's why I don't think this has never ...
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How to use kexec in Fedora to automatically use the newest installed kernel?

How to use kexec in Fedora Linux to fast-reboot automatically to the newest installed kernel? kexec --load command line usage is rather verbose — you have to provide: kernel image, like ...
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Full reset of network interface

I have a Raspberry Pi. If it's connected to a network, and cables are changed, IP numbers changed, and what not, it sometimes stops working. A simple reboot solves the problem. Is there any way of ...
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Is my system rebooting cleanly by itself? Interpreting output of the 'last -x' command

My Ubuntu 12.04 sometimes reboots by itself, and I'm trying to debug what is causing it. I can't seem to find anything relevant in the logs, so this indicates it might be a hardware issue. However, ...
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Why does network go down when access point reboots?

I've added an Asus RT-AC68U set up in Access Point (AP) mode on to a gigabit network. Everything works fine until I reboot the AP. The reboot causes a 45 second disruption, when the AP initializes, ...
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Windows 7 stuck in a reboot loop

My Laptop is stuck in a reboot loop. Every time I'm going to turn it on it just displays the windows 7 logo and then it then give me options to enter windows in safe mode or enter windows normally. ...
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Determine when reboot required after patching from the command line?

After ssh'ing into a box and using yum or apt-get to patch, I would like to determine when a reboot is required. It would be incredibly helpful to know so we can schedule a reboot in a maintenance ...