Shut Down & Restart
Shutting Down your computer has numerous benefits including ensuring high performance and good connection to our management servers.
Below are the steps to perform a shut down.
|1. Close any open software programs.
To close programs, click the X at the upper-right corner of each program window.
(example shown at right).
|2. Click the Windows Start Button (example shown at right).
3. Click the Power button (example shown at right).
4. Select Shut down or Restart. Below is a screenshot showing both the Shut down and Restart options that appear when you click on the Power button.
Stand by Mode
As an alternative to turning off the computer, you can put the computer in sleep mode. When the computer is in sleep mode, it goes into a low-power state and the monitor is blank as if it is turned off.
The advantage of sleep mode is that you save time and electricity without having to wait for the computer to go through the normal startup routine when you wake it up again. Also, the next time you use the computer, any programs, folders, and documents that were open are still available.
To put the computer in sleep mode manually:
- Click Start on the taskbar
- Click Sleep.
- Click Stand By
To wake the computer from sleep, press the power button or press the Esc key on the keyboard.
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To conserve power, you can set the power management timers to put the computer into sleep mode automatically. To do this, go to Start > Control Panel and double-click Power Options. Set the timers for how long your computer should wait before it goes into sleep mode.
If your computer freezes, you can do a hard reboot. This achieves the same results as turning off your computer normally (in that the computer shuts off,) but it is only to be used as a last resort. Do not perform a hard reboot regularly.
- Press and hold the power button on the front of the computer for approximately 5 seconds. The computer will shut off. No lights should be near the power button. If lights are still on, you can unplug the power cord to the computer tower.
- Wait 30 seconds.
- Push the power button to turn the computer on again.