The difference between restart and shutdown

If there is something fouled up with a hardware driver or similar, the shutdown process does not clear that out. Use restart instead..!

So what’s the difference between restarting and shutting down the computer?

What ‘shutdown’ does

With shutdown, Windows 10 shuts down all programs and files you have open. It doesn’t shut off the core of the operating system. This core enables the software and the hardware to work together. When using shutdown the Windows core is saved to disk so it is ready to boot up quickly the next time.

What ‘restart’ does

Restart actually does shut down all of the computer’s processes and so you get a totally clean start.