Rebooting Windows Resolves Issues

At this point in the Windows family, you would think that we would be miles away from the need to reboot Windows to resolve certain issues.  However, unfortunately this is still not the case.  While the Windows family of operating systems has come a long way in solving a lot of the issues that were evident in earlier releases, there are just some problems that pop up from time to time that a reboot seems to resolve.  Windows 7, however, has made many strides over its predecessor, Windows Vista, and earlier operating systems such as Windows XP and legacy versions.  Will Windows 8 hopefully have resolutions to some of the issues that still plague current versions?  It is hard to say. 

Many of the reboot problems that can be see however, could be the software that is loaded on Windows.  Recently in working with a client, a user kept having issues with an application built on the java platform.  No matter what was attempted to troubleshoot and resolve the issue, the problem lingered.  A simple reboot of the OS which happened to be Windows 7, resolved the issue without problem.  Was this a problem with Java?  Possibly.  Could it have been Windows?  Possibly.  It may be hard at times to determine a definitive culprit when it comes to application problems in Windows.  One thing is for sure though, there is still ground to be covered in application management within Windows.  While Microsoft should be praised for the strides that have been made, there needs to be improvement.  System administrators everywhere still hold on to the last trick in the bag of tricks – the affectionate “powerslam” or “powercycle.”  We long for the day when a reboot is maybe not even an option in the Shutdown menu, because it simply won’t be needed.

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