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- Is it better to leave the computer on or turn it off?
- See the reboot definition for further information and related links.
- Computer hardware help and support.
How often should you reboot your PC?
Dr. Lynch recommends doing a hard restart to your PC once a day, or at least once every two or three days, in order to allow Windows to clean up open files, get rid of temp files, and update itself.
The rule that’s the exception to the rule
Reboot when asked.
Windows Update is a great example. Many times, the files to be updated are in use, and the only way to update them is during a reboot. The net result is that about once a month, you’ll probably be informed that you should reboot your computer for updates to be applied. Or you’ll find that Windows has simply rebooted for you.
It’s also not uncommon for updates of other software to require a reboot to complete.
In either case, these reboot-forcing updates make the point moot. Update when they ask you to.
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How often should you reboot your router?
Most companies recommend rebooting your router at least every couple of months. If you’re ever wondering whether or not you could benefit from a router reboot, just go ahead and do it. There aren’t any negative results from rebooting your router, and it provides quite a few positive benefits.