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Dear MSU Faculty & Staff,

Keep your computer healthy and running efficiently by restarting it at least once a week.

  • Is your computer running slowly?
  • Are your programs using too much space or processing power?
  • Has your computer been updated or patched recently?

Restarting your computer a few times a week can address these issues!

Running slow? Your computer may have slowed down due to the amount of RAM being used and the impact of temp files on the hard-drive. By restarting your computer all the RAM is cleared out. Once you have more available RAM, your computer can run faster.

Using too much processing power? If a program on your computer begins to use a large amount of processor cycles (each cycle consists of a calculation, and all of these calculations make your computer "compute," aka work), restarting your computer can give control back to the operating system, instead of the greedy program.

Updated lately? Restarts also complete the installation of software updates and security patches, like Microsoft patches which are installed automatically on PCs each month. Failure to do this simple task can put your computer at risk, as demonstrated during the recent ransomware attack which exploited a hole that Microsoft had patched back in March, however any computer not restarted since that time was left vulnerable to the attack.

Please restart your computer at least once a week to help it run as efficiently as possible.


For further assistance, contact the UIT Service Desk at 406-994-1777, or visit them in the MSU Library Commons.

Please review the MSU Enterprise Technology Management Policy ( regularly for information about University information technology campus standards and procedures and other policies governing the use of university information technology.

Thank you,

University Information Technology

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