Rebooting a computer performs a vast array of tasks, such as restarting the BIOS (Basic Input Output System), executing hardware and software-related instructions (find the RAM, find the hard drive, find the keyboard, find the operating system, etc.) and a host of other functions that would take way too long to explain in this article. It is, in essence, going back to square one.
So, here’s the big secret: turn everything off, and turn everything back on again. For the computer, clicking “Start\Shutdown\ Restart” (called a “soft” or “hot” reboot) will usually get the job done, although you may sometimes need to do a “hard” or “cold” reboot (Start\Shutdown\ Shutdown) and completely turn the system off. Also, unplug the power to your modem and router. Wait a while (1-5 minutes). Then, plug in the modem, and give it time to “settle down.” Do the same thing to your router.
Lastly, power up your computer, give it time to load all of its startup processes, services and programs, and then see if your system has not somehow, marvelously “repaired itself.” Voila!
Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking
in Oklahoma since 1984. He can be reached at 405-919-9901 or davemoorecomputers.com