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How to restart Dell laptop?

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Are you having trouble with your Dell laptop? When you restart your Dell laptop, it fixes many minor technical glitches and bugs.

In this article, we will discuss how you can restart a Dell laptop, why you should restart a laptop and what happens when you restart your laptop. In the end, we will present some FAQs related to this topic.

Before restarting a laptop, there are a few precautions that you can take:

  • Close all programs to prevent any issues that may arise if the programs are not properly closed.
  • Save your work to ensure that you don’t lose any data.
  • You should also remove any peripherals before restarting your laptop.

How to restart a Dell laptop?

There are four ways to restart a Dell laptop:

Use the start menu

This method is the easiest and requires no technical background. Click on the Windows icon at the taskbar and then press the power button. Then select Restart.

Use the power button of the laptop

The power button is present in every laptop, including Dell. Press and hold the power button on your laptop until it shuts down.

After that, press the power button again to turn on the laptop again.

Restart the Dell laptop with the keyboard

You can also restart a Dell laptop via a keyboard using the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys simultaneously to open the Windows Security Screen.

After that, click on the power icon located at the bottom right of the screen. From here, select the Restart option.

Use the Command Prompt

This is the fourth method of restarting the Dell laptop. Open the Command Prompt by searching cmd in the search bar.

Next, type shutdown/r and press Enter.

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Why you should restart your Dell laptop?

Restarting your laptop fixes various issues and improves its overall performance. Some of the reasons why you should restart your Dell laptop are as follows:

  • Improving performance: Your laptop might accumulate temporary files and other data that might slow down the laptop. Restarting clear such files thereby improving the performance.
  • Resolving software issues: Some software might face issues and when you restart your laptop, it usually fixes such issues.
  • Installing updates: When you install updates on your Dell laptop, you need to restart it in order for the updates to take effect.
  • Fixing hardware problems: Issues like the touchpad not working or the keyboard/mouse not working can sometimes be resolved simply by restarting the laptop or computer.

Now, let us move on to the next heading where we explain what happens when you restart your laptop.

What happens when you restart a laptop?

When you restart a laptop, it goes through a sequence of events that refreshes the system. Here is an overview of the processes that occur when you restart a laptop.

  • The Windows operating system closes all the programs that are running.
  • The laptop shuts down and restarts initiating a process known as ‘boot sequence’ during which the BIOS runs a series of checks to assess the hardware compatibility.
  • Once the hardware checks are complete, the operating system loads the necessary drivers and services.
  • Finally, you see the screen of your laptop where you can log in and start your activities.

Thus, by following the methods that we have mentioned above, you can easily restart a Dell laptop.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: