How Often Should You Reboot Your Computer?

It may seem super basic: You should reboot your computer every now and then. But some people never, ever do. We’re not saying you need to power down and reboot every single day (though it’s not a bad idea), but going through the the old turn-it-off-and-turn-it-back-on process at least once a week can actually solve a lot of problems.

Restarting clears out background processes that might be slowing down your machine and allows you to start fresh. If you find your desktop or laptop is running sluggishly, try saving all your work, closing your tabs (this alone will make a world of difference), and shutting it down. You might be surprised by how much faster your computer will run.


This works a little differently on Macs and PCs. For Macs, restarting and shutting down/turning back on are effectively the same thing. On a Windows PC, the “fast startup” setting prevents some operations from completely turning off to save some time, so you should turn this off to ensure your machine fully powers down.

This might not fix all your problems, but if you’re experiencing some computer issues and want to start with an easy solution, well, this is probably as easy as it gets.


Senior editor, consumer tech @ Gizmodo


Babylon System

Unless you are hosting a 24/7 server, why would anyone keep their computer on when not using it?

Plus, Windows 10 is probably going to force you to reboot at some point.

Also, I thought were all trying to conserve energy, lower our bills (and save the planet).  :)

Am I just old, because I find this a weird question. Ok, Boomer!.