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Windows 7: Silly Question - Just What Is the Reset Switch for?

15 May 2013   #1
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Silly Question - Just What Is the Reset Switch for?

Prior to building my present rig, I've had two desktops, three netbooks, and one notebook (still have the notebook). None of them had a reset switch like my new machine does. I know it's for rebooting the machine but under what circumstances would you use it?


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15 May 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Personally, I think it's a leftover from, maybe, Win 95 or 98 days. It can cause files corruptions since it cuts power to the machine and restarts like a cold boot. I have used it when my system has completely frozen in the past.
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15 May 2013   #3
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

When a system freezes and is unresponsive to mouse or keyboard input the reset switch will restart the computer.
It is a notch better for the components than the "hard shutdown" - killing the power by flipping the power supply switch.
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15 May 2013   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

That was what I kindasorta expected. Thanks, guys!
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15 May 2013   #5
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
When a system freezes and is unresponsive to mouse or keyboard input the reset switch will restart the computer.
It is a notch better for the components than the "hard shutdown" - killing the power by flipping the power supply switch.
That is the exact reason I pick a case with this switch, as I like to OC and such
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17 May 2013   #6
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I don't even have the reset switch connected. I just hold the power button down for about 15 seconds and it does the same thing.
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17 May 2013   #7
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I don't even have the reset switch connected. I just hold the power button down for about 15 seconds and it does the same thing.
+1 for that it's a double plus not negative for the power switch I found that out some time ago as I have the Element V case and the power and reset look the same and I always end up holding the power down till I realize the other button was right there good catch Steve
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17 May 2013   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Holding down the power button was the way I used to do it. With both my present desktop, however, as well as my notebook, hitting the power button initiates a proper shutdown. I generally do that with my notebook but head for the start button when shutting down my desktop. It's a matter of which is closest for me.
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17 May 2013   #9
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Lady, maybe I am not understanding correctly, but if you can you should always hit the start button and then shut down. We were talking about the times when the computer freezes or locks up and you don't have that option. You can just press the start button on the case and hold it down, and the computer will shut down, not a proper shut down, but basically a hard reset.
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17 May 2013   #10
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Okay people, time to educate me. I always found the reset switch different. I play around with an overclock, get a hard freeze and pressing the power button and holding has no effect. But the reset does, it reboots and I can change my crazy Bios setting I tried.
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