Cold boot versus Warm boot

After hearing enough times about how rebooting fixes a lot, what is the difference between cold booting and warm booting?  I’ll explain the answer here.

The short answer is, cold boot means turn the computer off then on.  Warm boot means to reboot the computer without shutting all the way down.  The idea is that when you reboot, the computer stays warm since everything is still running.  When you shut the computer off, it has a chance to cool down, hence (cold boot).

Warm boot is pretty straight forward, but to cold boot doesn’t mean turn the computer off then immediately back on.  When you turn it off, leave it off for a good 30 seconds at least.  This is how long it takes for the juices (power) to stop flowing through the main board and allow everything to have a chance to power off completely.  Just because your screen shut off and there are no more sounds coming from the computer, doesn’t mean it is truly off all the way.  Wait the 30 seconds or you may not fix the problem you are trying to repair in the first place.

How do you know when you need to warm boot versus cold boot?  If you’re not sure, cold boot every time.  Typically, a warm boot can fix any software issue, and cold boot can fix any hardware issues as well as software.

Although rebooting doesn’t fix everything, it fixes a lot.  Now if you’re not sure what to reboot, that’s something else.  If it’s your computer, that’s easy, if it’s Internet that doesn’t work for example, it could be your computer, your router, or your Internet modem.  Cold boot everything if your not sure.  You’d be surprised how much money you can save in computer repair technicians by just doing this one simple (shall I call it) trick!