• 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.

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

Weekly Computer Restart for University-Owned Computers

University-owned computers are restarted once a week as part of MSU's Computer Vulnerability Management practice to provide a secure computing environment at MSU and ensure that all patches are applied.  Visit Computer Vulnerability Management to learn more about the practice.

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.