About 90% of the time I’d normally reboot Windows, just a quick log off then log back in is sufficient, and much quicker. When logging off, Windows closes all user running processes, even ones that appear to have hung or can’t be closed via Task Manager. When logging back in, Windows applies user profile settings and even machine wide updates for the user (such as new system environment variables).
Opportunities to log off/on instead of rebooting:
- If the computer is feeling sluggish
- Installing a new app that asks you to ‘reboot’
- Force close an app that’s locked up (that even Task Manager can’t close)
- Changing a system environment variable
I used to reboot every few days, now almost never do, instead using log off and back on. Even with a stellar solid state drive, just a quick log off and back in is faster. The Windows 7 driver level does a really good job of activating drivers without a reboot, so usually when an installer says you need to reboot, it’s actually trying to set something that gets activated when a user logs in, like a running a new start up app, service, or environment variable. If the computer is feeling ‘bloated’ from too many apps running, instead of rebooting, try a quick log out and in.
Just thought it worth sharing since those little minutes saved each day add up fast.