"Restart" Your Computer When Its Playing Up
Shutting Down Doesn’t Fully Shut Down Windows 10
When your computer is playing up you should "Restart" it rather than doing a Shut down.
We have all heard it before, You ring for help with your computer and the first thing they say is, have you rebooted your computer?
Is it worth doing? Yes!!! But make sure you perform a "Restart" Not a Shut down
We recommend performing a restart at least once per week
In This Context. What's the Basic Difference Between Restarting and Shutting Down?
In older versions of Windows, Restart and Shut Down did the same thing, closing down programs and powering off the machine. But in Windows 8 and 10, that changed because of a new feature called Fast Startup, which is designed to reduce the apparent start up time.
With Shut Down, Windows 10 shuts down the programs and files that are open, but doesn't shut off the Windows kernel. (Windows kernel = is the core of the operating system)
The Windows kernel is saved to disk, similar to when you put your computer to hibernation mode, so that the kernel is ready to boot up quickly the next time.
This means. If there is something fouled up with the hardware, driver, software, Windows system or similar, the Shut Down process may not clear that out.
Restart, actually does shut down all of the computer's processes, including the kernel, meaning a clean start when the computer boots up again.
Restart should be used when installing updates/software and to resolve any errors. Microsoft states, some software installations and updates actually require you to use Restart to finish the process.
If your computer has frozen or is giving off some other error, you should always give it a Restart. Use Shut Down when your finished for the day or not going to be using your computer for a longer period of time.