Cold booting or Hard Booting or Hard Reset is when you press the power button or just unplug your pc. Note: do not just unplug your pc…

Why do you need to cold boot?
You do this if your pc locks up and you believe its a hardware issue and you need to reset it.
You can also do this if you are not afraid of data loss and you just need to unfreeze your pc.
You can also do this if warm booting is not available as an option.

How to do it?
Just press the power button and keep it pressed until the pc shuts down…
Give your pc 30 seconds to fully discharge the capacitors
Then restart your pc.
If you are testing hardware then power off your pc, pull power plug, switch hardware, replug machine and power on machine… and try and reproduce the error.

Soft booting or warm booting or soft reset this is when you do the control alt delete keys… to reset the pc… or you press the reset key or you go into terminal and type the appropriate command.

Why do you need to do this?
Typically, you do this if software locks up and there is no other way out of it. Its preferable to soft booting because….
1. In some cases, it tries to let you save your work
2. If you have problems with caps on your main board… it doesn’t turn off everything… so in many cases your main board caps don’t lose their charge… Yes I have seen occasions where someone has hard booted their pc and it never turns back on again. This is typically a warehouse situation where the pc has never been turned off in years. So in a situation where the pc never turns off or you have iffy hardware… soft booting is best…

How to do it?
Like I said before control alt delete… should do it for you…
You can also go to the start menu and select the appropriate option…
If you have two monitors then you can run your program in one and create a reboot shortcut that you put in the other monitor then you can reboot your pc if it gets locked up because typically its the screen that you are on that gets locked… and not the screen that you put the reboot shortcut on… hopefully they are two different screens.


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