A: Depending on the computer, operating system, applications used, and amount of RAM, a computer will need to be power-cycled (not restarted) once a day, once a week, maybe as rarely as once a month.
Think of it like this: If you are anything like me, my car is washed (power-cycled) once a month. After the wash, the back seat is spotless.
However, after a week or so, things start to accumulate in the back seat–dog leashes, shopping bags, dirt, a few magazines, etc. Pretty soon nobody can even sit back there.
Same with your computer. Applications leave crud behind in memory. After some period of time, all available memory is filled with crud. The computer slows down, errors, or crashes.
The only thing that solves this issue is a power-cycle. A power cycle is:
- Shut Down.
- Wait at least one minute.
- Start Up and log in as normal.
When is it best to do a power-cycle? Personally, I do so daily so that I don't ever face an issue.