Something I’ve noticed about a lot of end user’s is that they never turn off their PC, let alone restart it. Whether this is out of fear that it won’t reboot, or simply out of laziness, I do not know, but it is not healthy for the machine.

Think of it this way: a human needs sleep to be able to function and think well. The less sleep you get, the less functional you are, and if you go days/weeks without sleeping, your mind becomes a complete mess. The brain is a lot like a biological computer, so if it needs rest, why wouldn’t your mechanical computer?

A fresh restart a day is a good place to start, and then a complete shut down for every night isn’t a bad move either. You see, restart and shutdown are two very different things. Shut down is not to be confused with sleeping/hibernating. If you close your laptop, IT IS NOT SHUT OFF. To shutdown your PC, go into the Start menu, go to power, and select shut down. If the computer is frozen due to a virus or a crash, hold the physical power button for a few seconds to do a hard shut down, but only due this in EXTREME circumstances as a last resort.

Sleeping/hibernating causes it to use minimal power but keeps it running for a faster start-up, while shutdown turns it off completely, causing it to use no power, and deals with issues such as overheating and hardware stress. But it doesn’t fix all problems. With Windows 10 especially, I’ve noticed that the longer your machine goes without a reset, the more RAM the basic Windows processes will use. I’ve experienced the System Kernel process using 25% of my RAM with not a single application running, and on a 12 GB machine, that is A LOT (It is most likely an issue with Windows and Nvidia drivers since Windows 10 isn’t perfect yet). However, when you restart, you not only cut off power for a short while, it completely refreshes the entire machine, dealing with any and all RAM issues you might be having.

Restarting your router helps a lot with slow internet if clearing your caches doesn’t work, which there will be an article on very soon. Think of the internet as a pipe: if you try to push too much through, it gets clogged and stops transmitting. A router needs to be refreshed often so that the pipe can be flushed before more is poured through.

If you’re having hardware issues but you can’t tell from which device it is stemming from, shutdown each of your devices in the correct safe manner, then one by one, unplug all the devices, then one by one, replug them in and reboot them until you find where the error is. This is also a good way to just let your devices sleep and cool down once in awhile.