How to Reboot Your Laptop?

To reboot means to shut down your laptop and turning it on again, right? Rebooting is an old term derived from the slang “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps,” which means to start over. 

Rebooting resets everything in the primary memory cache of your laptop and completely clears it out.

Do not be afraid, as this does not affect the files on your laptop. Instead, your laptop will work faster because your memory has more space so that it can run more programs and applications.

Do you want to know how to reboot your laptop when the need arises?

Well, there’s no magic button for rebooting a laptop computer. But you can still press several keys in a sequence to quickly reboot your laptop. Find out how here.

How to Reboot a Windows 10 Laptop?

If you have Windows 10 laptop, there are different types of reboot you can try out. 

Performing a soft reboot by:

1. Reboot using Windows Start icon 

This is the most convenient method many of you know.

First, open the Windows Start menu and click on the Power button.

Then, from the popup menu, select Restart to restart your laptop.

Simple, right?

Performing a soft reboot is safe because it requests your laptop’s operating system to reboot your laptop.

Reboot using Windows Start icon 1

Also, you can right-click the Windows 10 Start button on the taskbar or press Windows+X keys on your keyboard. A Power User menu will appear. From the menu, select the Shut down or Sign out option. Finally, click on Restart to reboot your laptop.

Reboot using Windows Start icon 2

2. Reboot using Alt + F4 keys

Although this method is not very well known, press the Alt+F4 keys consecutively on your keyboard (It will close all of your opened programs). Next, click the drop-down arrow from the window that appears and click Restart from the options presented. Your laptop will begin to reboot.

Reboot using Alt + F4 keys

3. Reboot using Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete buttons at the same time on your keyboard. Windows 10 will show you a screen. Select the Power icon at the bottom right of the screen, and you will be presented with the option of restarting your laptop.

Reboot using Ctrl + Alt + Delete

Your Windows 10 laptop will reboot irrespective of any method you choose above. So all you have to do is to wait patiently.

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How to Perform a Hard Reboot?

When your laptop is not responding at all when you press the restart keys on your keyboard, or the laptop’s system crashes or freezes, you will need to reboot the laptop manually.

Suppose you are working on a project report, writing an article, or just playing a game, and out of nowhere, a blue screen of death appears staring back at you with some critical error when you least expect it, and there’s nothing you can do.

Or, sometimes, your laptop’s screen gets clouded and forms a white screen of death. 

What do you do?

You will need to hard reboot your laptop to avoid damage to your laptop’s operating system.

Step 1: Press and hold the power button for 5–10 seconds until your laptop turns off. Disconnect any device, USB cables, if any, from your laptop before you start this process.

Step 2: Wait for at least 30 seconds before powering back your laptop to prevent any critical damage your laptop may sustain from powering on and off very quickly.

Step 3: Press the power button to turn on your laptop. 

And voila!

How Often Should You Reboot Your Laptop?

When my laptop starts acting up or lagging when running programs, the first thing I do is shut it down and start it up again.

This begs the question: is it important to reboot your laptop once in a while?

There is a belief that a laptop wears out or gets tired from continual use.

Also, when running programs and applications, they tend to leave junk behind in your laptop’s temporary memory, RAM.

Rebooting your laptop flushes out your RAM cache, freeing more space in your memory.

Therefore, when you power back up your laptop, the system works faster, and you can run more programs.

What is the Difference Between Reboot and Restart?

There’s no doubt there’s some confusion when asked if reboot and restart are the same things.

Please, leave the worry to me.

I’ll try to elaborate on the difference between the two: keep on reading.

Well, reboot and restart are similar but have slight differences.

Reboot means restarting your laptop’s operating system, either by giving the laptop a command to restart or by forcefully shutting it down by pressing the power button.

There are two types of reboot: hard reboot and soft reboot.

A hard reboot requires you to interrupt the power supply for a period of time sufficient to terminate the running programs.

Soft reboot restarts the system without loss of power and then starts its own reboot process again.

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Restart reboot

Restart can mean the same as a reboot, and only it involves asking your laptop system to restart all running applications. Restart is important when upgrading software and can help fix minor issues in a laptop.

What is the Difference Between Reboot and Reset?

By now, we know that reboot does not affect or change files on your laptop.

On the contrary, reset deletes all files, programs or applications, and changes the settings in your laptop, except default applications that came with the laptop.

Reset returns the laptop’s system to its factory settings, similar to when you purchased it. There are two types of reset: hard and soft reset. If your laptop has problems that are not easy to fix, it is advisable to back up important files before resetting it to its factory state.


By now, your questions about restarts and reboots have been answered. Take good care of your laptop because it clearly makes life easier for you.

Can you say you do the same for it? Was this information helpful to you?

I challenge you to research more on reboot, restart and reset to have more understanding about them. Please feel free to share your comments and thoughts down below in the comment section.

Chris Martin is a professional tech writer. He's been covering tech tutorials, hardware reviews, and more as a professional writer for over seven years now and it doesn't look like he'll be stopping anytime soon! In addition to writing about the latest gadgets on the market, he also covers topics such as how to set up your home network or troubleshoot any computer problems you may have.

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