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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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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Why do I need restart computer after installing new software?

Why is it sometimes that I need to restart my computer after installing new software and at other times I don't? Is there any reason why it needs this reboot or why it's not always one way or the ...
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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 ...
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How to shut down the computer without the update on Windows 7?

Sometimes when my Win 7 machine has programs that crashed, maybe Firefox, or IE, I would like to shut down the computer without installing any Windows update. That's because I worry that if IE or ...
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How does a computer restart itself?

How can a computer restart itself? After it's off, how does it tell itself to come back on again? What kind of software is it that can do this?
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How can I stop windows from rebooting after an automatic update?

I like Windows to keep itself up to date via the automatic updates, but sometimes it does that when I'm not at the computer and it's doing something critical, like downloading the latest stack ...
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Why Windows needs reboot a lot more than Linux?

I use both Ubuntu and Windows XP. One thing that catches my attention for a long time is the high need for reboots in Windows. Most of the time when I install a program, Windows requests to reboot ...
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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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Computer keeps restarting by itself

my computer keeps restarting within 2 seconds, I don't have the time to acess the BIOS or anything. I have to turn off with the switch, and I have to wait like 2 min before trying to restart it if ...
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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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Why does restarting a computer fix things?

The title say sit all, but why does restarting a computer tend to fix things? It seems like IT folks always ask, "Have you restarted your PC?" But Why?
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Automatically restart a Unix job if it goes down?

I have a job that I would like to "daemonize" on Unix: I want it to come up when the computer boots, and I want it to restart if it goes down. A simple way to do this is to setup a cronjob that runs ...
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My computer reboots when I tell it to shutdown

There are about 40 computers at work with this problem. They all have an ASUS P5KPL/1600 motherboard. They are all running SUSE Linux 11.1. When I tell the computer to shutdown either through the UI ...
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How does rebooting a computer work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does a computer restart itself? How does a computer's reboot command actually work? How is the computer told that it shouldn't stay down after powering off, and ...
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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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How to automatically boot from Linux distro to Windows?

Here's the thing: I've got dual boot computer with Ubuntu 8.04 and XP Pro. Sometimes I want to switch between these two. To do this I need to issue "Reboot" in Ubuntu, wait for grub menu and choose XP ...
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Setting language for non-Unicode programs broke Windows?

I occasionally use programs originally designed to run in Japan using Microsoft AppLocale. When loading a program this way, AppLocale specifies that it's only designed to be a temporary solution and ...
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how to restore windows 7 to a know working state every time it boots

A couple of days ago my mother asked me to set up a computer at her house, she wants to use it to basic web browsing, video chat and nothing more. The problem is, neither my mother nor my sister know ...
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Restore work space after reboot? [duplicate]

Is there a way to reboot windows 7 with the option of saving the current working session and restoring it after reboot? So after reboot, my browser is automatically launched without losing any tabs, ...
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Why does my computer restart immediately after I shut it down?

After I shut down my computer it automatically starts up again. I've tried re-installing Windows 7 64-bit, resetting my BIOS, installing the newest drivers and also changing the boot and recovery ...
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Saving permission changes for device

I have installed a driver on SUSE, and changed permissions for it (/dev/name) with the chgrp command. However after rebooting my computer the change is lost. How can I save the permissions for the ...
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Will restarting the computer a lot (about 10 times in 2 minutes) damage the motherboard?

I was just curious if there are consequences for doing this and what they would be for the mobo, or any other internal component.
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Restart explorer.exe in Windows 7 while keeping all icons in the system tray?

Sometimes when you are prompted to restart the computer (or log off), you can get away with just restarting the explorer process. I'm sure you know what i'm talking about. The problem is, that when ...
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How reboot computers in a LAN knowing the external IP only?

I know the external ip, like the provided by the ISP and the administrator account password. I need to restart one computer, but I don't know his local ip (given by the router), how can I reboot it ? ...
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How to keep Windows 7 restarting the PC until no `restart requirement` is required?

I cannot get new updates via Windows Update because the OS requires to restart - to finish previous/current installing stuff I guess. The restart requirement is as below snapshot. How can I make my ...
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Why won't some apps start after a reboot?

I had Adobe and Norton nagging me to reboot, so I did a normal reboot. After it came back up, a bunch of apps won't start: The first one I noticed was Firefox. It would flash the disk light ...
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My PC takes more than 10 minutes to enter OS choice menu

I have PC with following configuration Intel Dual core processor 1 GB RAM 160 GB hard disk 256mb inbuilt graphics Recently I have been using UBUNTU 10.04 liveCd and after the restart ...
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Abnormal laptop reboot

My Dell Vostro laptop keeps on restarting when I'm busy using it without commanding it to do so. I'm using windows 7 for O.S. What might be the problem? How can I solve it?
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OS won’t boot during Visual Studio 2010 install on vista 64

I am installing Visual Studio 2010 on a vista 64 bits machine. During the install it asked for a restart. Since that, vista won't load. I tried restore to previous good configuration - didn't help. ...
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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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How do I restart Linux (Ubuntu) from the command-line?

Because of my problem with mouse-clicks being ignored in Ubuntu, I want to restart from the command-line. (I have an open Terminal, and the keyboard is not ignored.) How do I restart a computer ...
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Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?

I'm having an issue with my PC: It is rebooting sometimes, and I am suspecting the PSU, so I want to confirm a few things. It is a new PC and the first issues started occuring roughly one month after ...
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Auto-restart process on crash [duplicate]

I have a Java server process which runs native code and the possibility of the entire process crashing due to a problem in native code is always there. Is there any mechanism offered by *nix operating ...
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Stop Windows 7 from forcefully shutting itself down when waiting to update

I have had this happen to me twice now. I'll be in the middle of working on something that has resulted in me not rebooting my machine for several days. If Windows 7 is waiting to install updates ...
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Difference between shutdown ( power off ) and restart ( reboot )

What is Difference between shutdown (power off) and restart (reboot) ? What type of signals passing at time of reboot and poweroff, to where ? What is difference between these two signals ? At ...
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linux shell, keep task alive for specified time

I am looking for a tool to keep a task alive (restarting if necessary) for a specified amount of time (in seconds), and then kill it and stop. For example: keep_for 3600 rsync foo bar:faz should for ...
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PC getting stuck at the Intel boot screen

there is this strange problem I am facing for quite a while now at the time of starting up my pc. WHERE it occurs: The problem occurs at the very first screen that appears after pressing power button ...
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Windows: Automatically restart application when closes

I have a server application that I want to be running whenever the computer is running and usually this is the case, except sometimes I'll find it to have closed by itself. Is there a bat or script I ...
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How to reboot Mac OS X into different OS other than the current one?

I have 2 Mac OS X versions (10.5 and 10.6) installed on 2 different partition of my Mac. Is there a way that I can do from command line to reboot the system to switch to the other Mac OS X ...
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WinXP: Difference between Log Off and Restart

Other than the obvious.. What's happening behind the scenes when you log off? Why is it necessary to restart the computer for certain configurations to take effect?
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Why does my PC reboot every 23 minutes?

Every 23 minutes in my system event log (Win 7) I see an error with event id 6008. It tells me "the previous system shutdown... was unexpected". When I work at the computer it doesn't happen so it ...
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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 ...
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Shutting down a Windows 7 machine sometimes restarts it instead

The machine in question is running Windows 7 (64 Bit) on a Core i5 with 8 GB of RAM with all Windows Updates applied. Not that the specs should make a difference. Shutting down this machine from the ...
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Why would my computer automatically restart after “shutdown” and “sleep”?

After my "firmware lost the hibernation information of my Windows 7 computer" I have fixed everything except the problem that the computer now will not shut off. If I choose "shut down", it shuts ...
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System restarting after pressing scan on rootkit revealer

My pc is affected with sality virus and after lot of investigation i could get to permanently enable regedit and taskmanager and clean infected files. But i wanted to remove it from the core so i used ...
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Why does restarting/resetting the router work?

So, I'm a technology guy and sometimes I have to troubleshoot a home network, including my own. I make sure the wires are in securely and that the lights suggest there's an actual internet connection. ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 hangs on reboot (“All processes ended within 1 seconds”); how to debug?

I read through a lot of ubuntuforums threads and tried out various things. Still freshly installed Ubuntu 12.04 (64-bit, 3.2.0-38) hangs on reboot/shutdown after the line "All processes ended within 2 ...
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How to turn off automatically restart in Windows 7

When there is a memory problem, the computer may restart automatically instead of showing the blue screen. To avoid this on XP, I used to do the following: Right click on "My Computer". Open ...
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Is it safe to disable fsck on boot?

Occasionally fsck would run on it's own when I reboot my server, but most of the time it doesn't. But when it does run, it takes too long to finish. Is it safe to disable this permanently?