How-To Geek

Hard Reset

In computing, a hard reset is a hardware operation that restarts the system hardware and, in the process, ends all current software activity. Pressing the physical reset button (or holding the power button down for 3-5 seconds in the absence of a reset button) is the most common way to perform a hard reset on a computer.

Get Free Articles in Your Inbox!

Join 134,000 newsletter readers


Go check your email!