The blue screen of death – or BSOD – is always an unwelcome sight. BSODs
appear when Microsoft Windows encounters challenges in restarting.
To illustrate why rebooting can fix so many problems, let’s take a look at
the ultimate software problem a Windows computer can face: Windows halts,
low-level error, likely a problem with a hardware driver or a hardware
malfunction. Windows reaches a state where it doesn’t know how to recover,
so it halts, shows a blue-screen of death, gathers information about the
problem, and automatically restarts the computer for you . This restart
fixes the blue screen of death.
Windows has gotten better at dealing with errors, for example, if your
graphics driver crashes, Windows XP would have frozen. In Windows Vista and
newer versions of Windows, the Windows desktop will lose its fancy graphical
effects for a few moments before regaining them. Behind the scenes, Windows
is restarting the malfunctioning graphics driver.
But why doesn’t Windows simply fix the problem rather than restarting the
driver or the computer itself? Well, because it can’t – the code has
encountered a problem and stopped working completely, so there’s no way for
it to continue. By restarting, the code can start from square one and
hopefully it won’t encounter the same problem again.
Examples of Restarting Fixing Problems
While certain problems require a complete restart because the operating
system or a hardware driver has stopped working, not every problem does.
Some problems may be fixable without a restart, though a restart may be the
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Let’s say Windows is running very slowly. It’s possible that a misbehaving
program is using 99% CPU and draining the computer’s resources. A geek could
look around, hoping to locate the misbehaving process an end it. If an
average user encountered this same problem, they could simply reboot their
computer to fix it rather than dig through their running processes.
. Firefox or Another Program is Using Too Much Memory: In the past,
Firefox has been the poster child for memory leaks on average PCs. Over
time, Firefox would often consume more and more memory, getting larger and
larger and slowing down. Closing Firefox will cause it to relinquish all of
its memory. When it starts again, it will start from a clean state without
any leaked memory. This doesn’t just apply to Firefox, but applies to any
software with memory leaks.
. Internet or Wi-Fi Network Problems: If you have a problem with
your Wi-Fi or Internet connection, the software on your router or modem may
have encountered a problem. Resetting the router – just by unplugging it
from its power socket and then plugging it back in – is a common solution
for connection problems.
In all cases, a restart wipes away the current state of the software . Any
code that’s stuck in a misbehaving state will be swept away, too. When you
restart, the computer or device will bring the system up from scratch,
restarting all the software from square one so it will work just as well as
it was working before.
“Soft Resets” vs. “Hard Resets”
In the mobile device world, there are two types of “resets” you can perform.
A “soft reset” is simply restarting a device normally – turning it off and
then on again. A “hard reset” is resetting its software state back to its
factory default state.
When you think about it, both types of resets fix problems for a similar
reason. For example, let’s say your Windows computer refuses to boot or
becomes completely infected with malware. Simply restarting the computer
won’t fix the problem, as the problem is with the files on the computer’s
hard drive – it has corrupted files or malware that loads at startup on its
hard drive. However,
Windows 8 terms) will wipe away everything on the computer’s hard drive,
restoring it to its formerly clean state.
This is simpler than looking through the computer’s hard drive, trying to
identify the exact reason for the problems or trying to ensure you’ve
obliterated every last trace of malware. It’s much faster to simply start
over from a known-good, clean state instead of trying to locate every
possible problem and fix it.
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Windows users regularly reinstall Windows (or restore from a recovery
partition) to fix system problems. Ultimately, the answer is that
“resetting a computer wipes away the current state of the software,
including any problems that have developed, and allows it to start over from
square one.” It’s easier and faster to start from a clean state than
identify and fix any problems that may be occurring, in fact, in some cases,
it may be impossible to fix problems without beginning from that clean