Starting and Stopping the Computer
There are a number of ways to start and stop the computer.
Starting the Computer
You always start the computer using the power button.
A computer starts up with an operating system (OS) existing on the
storage device such as the hard disk; or from a floppy disk or CD if you
have the docking station installed. The computer will automatically load
the OS after you turn it on. This process is called booting.
NOTE: An operating system is the platform for all your software application programs
to run on. The most widely used operating system today is Microsoft Windows.
Stopping the Computer
When you finish a working session, you can stop the computer by
turning off power or leaving the computer in Standby or Suspend mode:
To stop in
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Follow the shutdown procedure of your
operating system. This can prevent loss
of unsaved data or damage to your
If the system is locked up because of
hardware or software problems, press the
power button to turn off the computer.
Depending on your settings in Windows,
you can place the computer in Standby
Closing the display cover
Pressing the power button
To start up or
Press the power
Press any key or
Operating Your Computer