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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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, ...
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Shortcut to shutdown or restart Windows 10 in less than three keystrokes

On Windows XP we had Win , U + U On Windows 7 we had Win , Right cursor + Enter I never had Windows 8, so I am not sure what the shortcut is/was. There is Alt+F4 and then Enter, but this only ...
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How do you run chkdsk on every reboot?

There was a question a short while ago, Run Program Before Login Screen Appears, where I thought he meant specifically he wanted to run chkdsk on boot based on the picture, but he really wanted to run ...
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Is it possible to suspend/restart a 'find' command?

Let's say I have a slow filesystem in which I would like to list all the files: find . -type f -printf "%p\n" Is it possible to launch this command in a way I can interrupt it, save the state and ...
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System suddenly going into continuous/infinite restart/reboot loop without even POST with clicking noise from PSU

I'm new here and desperately in need of help. My Dell Inspiron One 2330 was working perfectly till yesterday night. Today morning when I tried to turn it on, it went into a continuous restart loop ...
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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 ...
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Restarting turns off monitor, but computer stays on

Since yesterday, my computer just couldn't complete a restart. I would click the Windows button > Power > Restart, and it'd go to the Restart screen. Wheel finishes spinning and the screen goes ...
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How can I fix my Acer One 10 (Windows 8.1) not starting up at all?

It has been about 10 days since I got my Acer One 10 and it has already started showing problems. When I went to use it this morning, nothing happened. I assumed it had zero battery, so I put it to ...
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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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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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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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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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How to troubleshoot and analyze Windows infinite shutdown or reboot screen

I have Thinkpad E520 notebook with windows 10 installed on it. when I am trying restart/shutdown, in shutdown screen Windows go to infinite loop . It show restarting/shutdown message and computer ...
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Dell Optiplex 7010 Machines only ones getting random reboots to BSOD [closed]

At my office we performed system updates the other day, and all the Dell 7010 units now randomly reboot to BSOD. None of our other machines do this. Doing a system restore fixes the issue however ...
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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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How to make Word automatically restore the documents that it had open before a reboot?

I normally have over a dozen documents open in Microsoft Word 2010. It takes quite a while to reopen those files using the File/Recent feature. I'd like Word to automatically restore the open files ...
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PC rebooting randomly when NOTplaying games

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 ...
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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 ...
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How to disable restarting (ever) on Windows 10

For some reason, my Laptop shutdowns fine, boots fine, BUT goes into a crash loop when restarted. I have spent so much time trying to fix this but nothing seems to work. So maybe I can ignore this ...
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Surface Pro 3 Reboot after Shutdown

I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet. For the past couple weeks I have been experiencing an issue where when I turn the surface off either by the physical hardware button or through the OS (Windows ...
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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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Video card error: Driver or Hardware?

Last night, I came home to find that one of my screens on my PC was grey with loads of white lines through it. I had to force it shut down, and I saw the error "Video Card Error". I have the new AMD ...
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Why does my computer slow down after being on too long?

I'm sure everyone has experienced it - if you leave a computer on too long, every once in a while, it needs a fresh reboot. I have a laptop, and I only hibernate it, but every week or two, I'm going ...
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No post on restart or with reset switch

I have upgraded to MSI Z87-G45 and 4690k from an AMD build and cannot get it to restart or reset with the switch. It will just stay on with the fans spinning but never post. What can cause this issue? ...
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Force ASUS netbook (without removable battery) to reboot

I have an ASUS F102B netbook without a removable battery. It occasionally freezes (or the screen goes flat) and I would like to know a way to force it to restart without waiting for the battery to go ...
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Lenovo Y580 does not properly wake up from sleep

I have a Lenovo Y580 notebook and have a strange issue when putting it in standby mode. When I try to resume it, the power button lights up from flashing, I hear the powering sound of the DVD drive, ...
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Reboot frozen remote Mac

I have a remote frozen Mac I need to reboot. I can see it's online through Teamviewer but it's not responding. This is what I have to work with: Admin user+password, Public IP address, It appears ...
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Windows restarts itself and then freezes

The box restarts itself, regularly, and then freezes on the startup animation. Roughly like this image It spins for a little while and then freezes mid spin. This also happens if the computer is ...
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I cannot disable CHKDSK on Windows XP

Every time I happen to shut off my computer manually, it runs automatically a CHKDSK check before starting up. I tried to edit the registry in ...
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Laptop endlessly restarts (because HDD)

There are 2 HDD in my Asus K95VM: the main and the additional. I don't know what happened, but the laptop began to restart every 2-3 seconds and not start, I couldn't even enter the BIOS. Then I ...
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Only some motherboards can support faster RAM?

This is a question relating to one of my builds. Here are the specs: ECS P4VXASD2+ V5.0 motherboard Intel P4 Northwood 2.8 GHz (533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2) 2x 1GB PC3200 DDR RAM Maxtor 300GB IDE HDD 16 ...
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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 ...
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Add program to startup linux server

Hello, I have a Ubuntu Linux server (14.04) and i'd like to add NzbGet to the startup programs. NzbGet Wiki tells me this : Starting on boot NZBGet can run in background as daemon ...
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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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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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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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Laptop powers off within seconds of powering on; suspect battery issue; how to confirm?

I sometimes leave my laptop open and on overnight -- laziness, I suppose. A few days ago, when i woke up, I saw my laptop was shut down. Odd as I didn't recall turning it off. When I tried to restart ...
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Computer restarts after waking up from sleep + occasional graphic driver issue on boot

Setup Windows 7 64b MSI Z97 U3 PLUS Intel Core i7 4770 ASUS GTX760-DC2T-2GD5-SSU latest drivers no overclocking Problem 1) Computer has problems to wake up from sleep correctly. In 2 out of 3 ...
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Stop crashing program from automatically restarting

I'm running Visual Studio 2008 on Windows 2008 Server R2. It often crashes when I quit. Once Windows has checked for problems the app then automatically restarts which is not what I want, when I'm ...
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Laptop cannot boot into Windows after RAM upgrade

I own asus u31f running with Windows 7 64 bit and ram 2x2gb hynix 1333mhz ram. Recently I've decided to upgrade my ram to 8gb and bought 2 new kingston valueram 1333mhz 4gb after specs comparison on ...
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Make GNU screen survive reboot

I am using GNU screen a lot. I find it very annoying that everytime the server has to be rebooted I lose all my sessions (even if I know in advance, I need to set-up everything again). I've searched ...
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Reboot from windows to linux with grub

I have machine with Windows and Linux with GRUB, only with remote access. Is there any way to chage default OS in grub from windows? I know how to achieve it from linux, something like echo ...
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Reboot Linux via netcat?

Put aside the security risks, I need a temporary way to reboot over a network without relying on SSH. My SSH server has some other issues that I need more time to resolve those so need a way to bypass ...
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How do I prevent programs from restarting after forced reboot?

I can live with the computer rebooting after windows updates are installed. But after it restarts, if I forgot to log out the night before, it tries to restart all of my programs. For one thing, few ...
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PC Crashing and booting randomly

Ok it has been happening for about 5 months now and I still cant figure out what is causing the crash, It crashes then reboots again randomly. I still have warranty on my PC parts I just cant figure ...
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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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How to make Windows get updates, reboot _and_ shutdown?

When using Windows' "install updates and shut down", the next boot (usually in the morning when one actually wants to start working) is rather tedious due to unfinished business. The alternative is ...
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How to reboot another Mac via Terminal?

Recently my main computer freezes up more often, and instead of giving him the hard treatment by pushing the power button, I'd rather reboot him gently. So I grab my laptop, fire up Terminal and ...
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WR740N Corrupting itself?

This is my friend's router. I have installed DD-WRT on it and set it up as a WDS repeater. It worked, and after 5 minutes the router just stopped working. I ran ipconfig and the default gateway said ...
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Updating to latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build does nothing, it restarts as normal

For the past two insider previews I've had to burn the ISO to a disk, and clean install to get it to install, otherwise it just boots up normally after the windows update 'restart' is pressed, or when ...