No matter how hard you try to avoid it, you will eventually have to reboot your Advent computer. Software installs and uninstalls leave partial links laying around, and viruses and losses of Internet connection are all culprits in this reboot phenomenon. We would like to blame the hardware, but can't: If the hardware is bad, a reboot of the computer is not going to fix it. But if the problem is less catastrophic, you can reboot your Advent computer in a few different ways.
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Click "Start" in the taskbar. Select the right arrow in Vista or click on "Turn off Computer" for other Windows operating systems. Select "Restart."
Alternatively, press the Control, Alt and Delete keys simultaneously. Then do it again. This will reboot the computer.
Press and hold the power button for about 3 to 5 seconds. The computer will shut down. Turn the computer back on.
Sometimes, this is a better way to reboot. Shutting off the computer and waiting 45 seconds allows the capacitors to discharge and the memory to fully flush. This process allows for a cleaner boot.
Disconnect the power cord. Do not go this route unless none of the other options work. Reconnect the power cord. Then turn on the computer.