The solution depends on the computer's operating system. For example, on a Windows 8 touchscreen laptop, swipe from the right edge of the screen, click Settings, select Power, and then choose Restart. In Windows 7, click the Start button, then the arrow next to Shut Down, and then Restart.
In Windows the Restart command completely resets a PC, but with Macs, Restart only refreshes the computer's memory; turning it off and on fully resets it. Therefore, if you don't need to fully reset your Mac, click the Apple button on the menu bar, then choose Restart. You can also press Control+Command+Eject (or Control+Command+Power) at the same time; either keystroke combination acts as the Restart command.Learn More
The reset button for a Dell laptop depends on the operating system. For Dell computers with Windows XP, it is the combination of Ctrl + F11. For Vista and Windows 7, it is F8.Full Answer >
The right laptop depends on the user's particular needs. Think about how the laptop is going to be used and come up with a spending budget. Determine if speed, size, special features or price is most important, and prioritize accordingly. Research various options, and choose a few that seem to fit the necessary price and usage requirements, or consult a PC specialist.Full Answer >
To format a laptop, locate the restore disk that came with the computer, and save drivers and personal files on a burnable disk or external hard drive. Formatting the laptop deletes all its contents, so saving files you wish to keep to a disc or external hard drive is very important. After ensuring that all the necessary files and drivers are saved, access the computer's BIOS from the startup screen, and then set the first drive to CD. Reboot if necessary, and follow the prompts provided by the restore disk. The entire process can take anywhere from several minutes to well over an hour depending on the size and speed of the laptop's hard drive.Full Answer >
To boot a computer from a CD, the CD must contain a bootable program, such as an operating system. In addition, the computer's boot order must have the CD drive listed first. The BIOS varies in computers, so look to the manual for more information on changing the boot order.Full Answer >