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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Restore work space after reboot?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Are frequent reboots in a short period of time damaging my computer?

I have Windows 7 and three Linux distros. At my work I sometimes have to switch between them 4 or 5 times an hour or more. I've heard a lot of things over the years like that this can damage your CMOS ...
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Computer powers off then tries to start up but resets repeatedly

My machine has started shutting itself off after a few minutes on, everything goes off. A few seconds (3-5) after everything has stopped the lights come back on, the cpu fan and gfx card come on ...
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The Necessity Of Rebooting A PC After Downloading & Installing Windows Updates & If Not: How To Prevent It? [duplicate]

Quite often after downloading & installing Windows Updates on my PC, a dialogue box pops up similar to the one shown below, asking to restart the computer to complete the process. : This is ...
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PC hangs and reboots from time to time

I have a very strange problem: Since I have my new PC, I have always had problems with it. From time to time the computer freezes for some seconds and suddendly reboots by itself. I've had this ...