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).

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
1answer
21 views

How to troubleshoot power-supply issues?

I have a PC running Windows 7 that sometimes reboots randomly. The Event View-er shows the following Date: 6/26/2016 5:13:51 PM Event ID: 41 Task Category: (63) Level: ...
5
votes
3answers
8k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

BlueScreen and then memtest86 crashed, time to buy a new PC?

I think my computer has a hardware problem. It's a 5 years old Dell XPS 8100, the same one which had shutdown problems 3 months ago (by the way, those problems just stopped happening, magically I ...
3
votes
0answers
27 views

Unexpected reboots of a Ubuntu Linux

I have a Ubuntu Linux machine acting as a bridge/firewall between the Internet and my home network. This host works 24x7 unattended. It just sends me a report every day. I've paid attention that in ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
8answers
14k views

Windows 10 keeps restarting my PC after shutdown

I installed Windows 10 after an upgrade to Windows 8, however I find that it restarts my PC within 30 minutes of shutting it down. I switched off scheduled updates but it still happens, quite freaky ...
0
votes
2answers
165 views

Getting molly-guard to work with sudo

The program molly-guard is a brilliant little tool which will prompt you for a piece of information before you reboot or shut down a system. Usually it asks for the hostname. So when you work a lot ...
82
votes
4answers
132k views

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)?
0
votes
0answers
36 views

linux reboot causes a short power off - can I prevent it?

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 (systemd!), kernel 4.4.0-24, on an Asus N3150I-C MB, with a Kingston SSD, which contains /boot /efi and the rootfs's volume group and a WD Red HDD as backup device. I noticed ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Unable to Boot OSX After Windows 10 Upgrade

I was running Windows 7 Home on an updated 27" iMac via bootcamp. Someone else installed it for me, so other than knowing how to reboot in either and using OSX or Windows, I don't anything about ...
0
votes
1answer
3k views

Windows 8 doesn't boot normally, just in safe mode

I had win7, which was working perfectly. I put in a win8 disk, and chose upgrade install option, which instead of resetting the pc, just upgrades from one os to another, without losing data, settings, ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

How to determine exact date/time of Windows Update planned restart?

When updates are pending, at login screen of Windows 8 there is a notification Your PC will restart in 1 day to finish installing important updates. Is there a way to determine exact date/time ...
0
votes
1answer
29 views

How to disable apps from restarting after Windows shutdown

I have a script that run a shutdown command on my Windows 10 computer every night (shutdown /s /t 300, so no /f there). Sometimes I would have things open like Chrome, Explorer and Spotify etc. How do ...
2
votes
0answers
57 views

Restart Computer After IE Reset

I am using IE11 (latest KB) and I tested on Win 10, Win 8.1, and Win 7. I reset IE using the menu options: Tools → Advanced → Reset After reset is complete, IE showed a yellow bar at the ...
2
votes
1answer
42 views

Driver fails on every restart. (Code 37)

I have encountered the following problem: Every time I restart the machine built-in smartcard reader becomes inaccessible with the following error: Windows cannot initialize the device driver for ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

Apache doesn't run when using shutdown -r, does when using reboot

I've uncovered the reason why I can't reboot my web server sometimes without apache2 automatically starting after boot. If I run reboot now Apache comes up fine after booting. If I run sudo shutdown -...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Boot loop after restart pc

Is there anyone who has an idea why my pc is keep restarting? Kinda disturbing when i try to intsall new os on new SSD . And every time i restart the pc either via the reset button or from the Windows,...
0
votes
1answer
11k views

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 ...
-2
votes
0answers
19 views

Android bootloader not loading [migrated]

I want to unlock the oem to test other android versions but when I try to reboot the device in bootloader it shutdown the device and the bootloader doesn't load.I tryed to reboot whit adb and manual(...
1
vote
3answers
326 views

Restart windows service on LAN machine

I got administrative rights on the target machine, all the credentials, fully trusted network without firewall and antivirus software. I got windows 8 on the target machine and windows 7 on calling ...
1
vote
1answer
18 views

Windows 2008 Runlevel Scripts on Shutdown. Is it possible?

When Windows 2008 gets shutdown or rebooted [not via a script] by someone, is there a way to have a pre-processing script executed similar to UNIX runlevel scripts?
1
vote
2answers
42 views

Is it really necessary to restart the PC after an update? [duplicate]

This question came to my mind mostly because I rarely restart my Linux laptop, so I wondered if this has any negative consequences. Updating is basically just patching applications, so I could imagine ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Problems Booting, Restarting, Shutting Down on Chimera 4.1

My Mini-ITX computer has been working well for about 23 months. Recently, it is randomly refusing to start up, i.e. it hangs during the process, always after the Apple progress bar halts and video is ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Cant re-enroll my chromebook

I can't re-enroll my device, currently it's managed by some domain (that I saw when try to login in) and it's deprovisioned (saw that in google admin console), so I want to make it provisioned again ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Windows XP Will Not Restart

I have a Dell Precision T5500 that is dual-booted with Windows XP and Windows 7. Previously, when shutting down Windows XP (fresh installation) it would sit at the "Windows is shutting down..." ...
6
votes
4answers
21k views

In windows 7, during startup, why do my icons go blank and then reappear

This morning I had to restart my windows 7 computer due to a security patch. As it was restarting, all the icons on the desktop appeared, then turned white and then the original images started ...
4
votes
3answers
713 views

How can I convince Windows 7 to reboot upon hibernating rather than powering down?

I have a Linux and Windows 7 dual-boot setup on my PC and I would like to configure the OSes so that when working in one OS, I can hibernate (saving the state to disk), reboot, use the other OS, ...
3
votes
0answers
33 views

How to generate soft lockup in Linux Kernel and how to verify?

I was testing soft lockup recovery procedure of Linux Kernel. I set /proc/sys/kernel/softlockup_panic to 1. And I created a Kernel module as described in the link below. https://github.com/saiyamd/...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

Error Message: "A reboot is pending. Please restart before starting Visual Studio

Error Message: "A reboot is pending. Please restart before starting Visual Studio". I installed Visual Studio (Visual Basic 2015 and SQL 2015) and after what looked like a successful install I ...
3
votes
8answers
10k views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
63 views

Windows 10 reboots itself without any warning, but just once

I'm facing a weird issue on my Windows 10 PC. Last weekend I reinstalled Windows to rollback from the latest Windows Insider build, so I didn't format all the drive but just did a fresh Windows ...
0
votes
0answers
244 views

Restart from computer freezing reveals last working files filled with Nulls

My Windows 7 locked up while I was on hacking some code on Notepad++ and after forcing a restart, I find the files I was working on last to be filled entirely with nulls. I'm pretty sure this file ...
5
votes
3answers
9k views

Restart Ubuntu sound processes via command line

I tried to hibernate Ubuntu (which fails, but thats another issue) and resumed my system. After this, the sound doesn't get played. What command can/should I run to restart the ubuntu sound system.
2
votes
1answer
159 views

Is there any way to regularly reboot a hung Windows PC

We have a PC (Dell Optiplex 760, WinXP SP3) that hangs periodically, like really hangs - everything frozen, can't reboot from keyboard, only way out is hold the power button down to turn it off and ...
1
vote
0answers
23 views

Letter “T” only works after reboot [closed]

A strange thing happened yesterday. Letter "T" of my desktop keyboard stopped working. Whenever I wanted to type "T" or "t", I had to copy it from somewhere and then paste it. After one day of this I ...
44
votes
13answers
61k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
109 views

New build shuts down randomly - insufficient power?

I have an ongoing problem with my new build shutting down randomly. It is very sporadic: it can be 5 times a day, or once in 5 days. My temperatures are fine, I have tested the wall sockets and have ...
18
votes
6answers
38k views

Restoring open software after a restart event in windows

I find that at the end of a long day, I sometimes have a large number of programs running. All which I will need to use tomorrow. Normally, this isn't an issue, I can simply lock the machine and come ...
6
votes
5answers
295 views

Computer boots when I switch off the lights

I have more details regarding My computer boots up during the night. I got a used halogen lamp with a transformer and can reliably reproduce the following: Computer and lamp are running I shut down ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Can't boot system from USB bootable drive

Is there any way to check from the command prompt the boot order, because when I start my computer up, I have no idea what key I have to press, I tried f10, f12, f8, and pressing like most of the f ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

UPS suddenly restarting, what might be the cause?

Background My UPS has a backup of about 10 mins, thus, it's battery life is good. No problems detectable. My CPU, on the other hand, is also fine with no major hardware problems (as it looks so) ...
1
vote
2answers
519 views

Reboot Windows 10 PC remotely

I have VPN access to a different network and I'm able to connect to it just fine. However, I need to reboot one PC on this VPN-connected data network. I had a TeamViewer Host Session established, but ...
2
votes
0answers
635 views

Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586 occur boot restart loop (reboot loop)

After successful update from Windows 10 Pro Build 10240 to Build 10586 (november upgrade) pc just start rebooting constantly on boot logo. I can't choose "Safe Mode" option on boot. With Windows 10 ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Slow laptop loading

A few days ago my laptop started to slow loading. It has Lubuntu installed. Further more when it goes to sleep it can not be returned and I can see only black screen. Sympthoms: slow loading, when ...
0
votes
2answers
16 views

Reboot after installation necessary?

Some apps, mainly antivirus apps, drivers, other non-OS update stuff mostly demand a reboot after an installation or after an update ends. I'd like to know, why? If an app changes its data or system ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

Why would a screenshot of Windows show up on Linux?

My computer has been acting funny lately (I think my $30 motherboard is going out). However something that really confused me happened just now. I'm running a Windows 10 and Linux dual boot. Some ...
-1
votes
1answer
39 views

My computer is functioning very slow and entering into a 'not-responding' state often. And, after every 1/2 hour or so, it automatically restarts [closed]

My computer is functioning very slow and entering into a 'not responding' state often. And, after every 1/2 hour or so, it automatically restarts. Especially when I try to play a video (even on ...
4
votes
2answers
7k views

What is the difference between a hard and a soft reboot?

Often I hear doing a hard reboot (completely powering off a computer and restarting it) as opposed to a soft reboot (restarting by some command in the operating system). What, exactly, are the ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

PC rebooting randomly when NOT playing games (light/idle load)

I've recently moved from an Asus P8Z77-V LX2 to an MSI Z77IA-E53. After this move, my PC started restarting randomly. But, unlike anything else I've found so far, it's only when there isn't a game ...