How to Reboot a PC

By Chad Hunter

With computers in nearly every household, knowing how to use one is nearly required for day-to-day living. However, when a PC begins to malfunction and needs to be reset, knowing how to reboot it is not only mandatory but a life saver.

Step 1

Save work if it's in jeopardy. If your PC has frozen, attempt to save your data before rebooting your machine. Rebooting will almost certainly cause data loss. Attempt to save your data to your hard drive, diskette or portable media.

Step 2

Determine the steps your operating system has to go through to reboot. Some operating systems allow you to press Control, Alt and Delete to reboot the PC. Others require different commands. However, if the operating system and software are frozen, you may use the power button on the machine or the power strip.

Step 3

Use the power switch if necessary. If you cannot access the shutdown feature of the operating system and the relevant buttons still won't allow for a reboot, press and hold the power button on the PC. Allow the machine to rest for a few seconds, then power back on.

Step 4

Wait for the power-on self-test. Allow the PC to check its components thoroughly through the initial boot screens that will appear.

Step 5

Resume working. Log back into the machine and continue to work.