How to Reboot a Dell Computer

Rebooting or shutting down your Dell computer is an inevitable action that you will take at some point while or after you are finished preparing your assignment, playing a game, or downloading Windows or Dell updates etc. Reboot (also known as restart) can even be a forced and automatic action after your Dell computer encounters a problem like Blue Screen of Death error on Windows operating system or other such critical problem. Unless it is forced, you should reboot your Dell computer properly to avoid losing unsaved changes or facing problems with Microsoft Outlook or web browser among other programs. Have a look at this Dell computer support guide that discusses how you can reboot your Dell computer properly.


The first thing you should do before rebooting your Dell computer is to close all the currently opened program windows one by one. You will need to click the X button at the extreme top right hand corner of a currently opened screen to close it. Do not forget to save the changes to your unsaved document before closing a program. For example, if you were removing virus from your computer and you immediately felt the need of rebooting your Dell computer; save it as draft and then restart (reboot) it.

When you are done saving changes to your unsaved documents and closing all the programs afterwards, click the Start button and then click the Shut Down button at the bottom right hand side of the Start menu. When on the Shut Down Windows screen, click the drop-down menu and select Restart. Click the OK button to begin the reboot procedure. Your Dell computer will begin to shut down and reboot now. It may take some time depending on your computer configurations and data it has. When done,

If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, you will find a Shut Down menu once you click the Start button. Click the side angle button to extend the menu beside Shut Down and then click Restart. Confirm the action if prompted. Your Dell computer will now go in the rebooting mode. Wait for the computer to restart and load Windows operating system. If all goes well, you will see the login screen. Enter your username and password and log in. you will see all your icons showing on the desktop screen. If Windows does not load up and displays a startup error message, contact Dell support.

This was about the normal reboot procedure. You can forcibly shut down and reboot your computer. If yours is a Dell desktop computer, push the Power button on the CPU unless the system shuts down. When the system has shut down, push the Power button back on the CPU and let it reboot. If yours is a Dell laptop, press and hold the Power button unless your system shuts down fully. Turn it back on by pressing and holding the Power button again. When prompted, enter your username and password and log in to detect & remove a virus from your computer or downloading Windows Microsoft updates etc.

Additional Tips:

If it is a virus infection due to which your computer is rebooting, you can do it in Safe Mode too. Reboot your Dell computer and immediately start tapping the F8 key on the keyboard. Continue to tap the key unless you see the Advanced Boot menu. Use the Down or Up arrow key to make your selection and then hit the Enter key on the keyboard. At the Advanced Boot menu screen, you can also repair your Dell computer.

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