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How to Restart a Remote Desktop

By Trevor Jackins
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In today's fast-paced digital environment, the ability to efficiently access, manage, and troubleshoot remote desktops is more crucial than ever. Whether for IT support, managing a remote team, or ensuring your productivity isn't hindered by technical glitches while working remotely, the power to restart a remote desktop is vital.

That's where Splashtop comes into play, offering a robust and user-friendly solution for remote desktop access and management.

Splashtop stands out as the best remote desktop software by providing a seamless and secure way to connect to and manage remote computers. Users can reboot a remote desktop with just a few clicks, ensuring minimal downtime and maximizing efficiency.

Whether you're addressing system updates, troubleshooting, or simply needing a fresh start to your remote session, Splashtop’s intuitive platform makes these tasks straightforward and hassle-free.

In this blog post, we'll dive into how to restart a remote desktop using Splashtop.

Understanding the Need to Restart a Remote Desktop

Restarting a remote desktop is not just a technical necessity; it's a vital practice that ensures the smooth operation of remote work environments, IT support tasks and general computer management. This procedure, seemingly simple at its core, plays a pivotal role in various scenarios that demand immediate attention for continuity, security, and efficiency in digital workspaces.

  • Routine Maintenance and Updates: Restarting a remote desktop is often required to install updates, patches, or new software.

  • Troubleshooting and Resolving Issues: A restart can act as a quick fix to bugs and glitches. This "turn it off and on again" approach is a time-tested method for resolving many common issues without complex troubleshooting steps.

  • Enhancing Performance: Over time, computers can become sluggish due to prolonged use. Restarting a remote desktop can refresh the system, offering a clean slate that often results in improved performance and responsiveness.

  • Implementing System Changes: Certain system changes or configurations require a restart to take effect. A restart ensures all changes are correctly applied and the system operates as intended with the new configurations.

  • Preventive Measures: Regularly rebooting systems can help maintain optimal performance and stability, reducing the likelihood of crashes or system errors.

Splashtop’s Remote Desktop Restart Capabilities

Splashtop has established itself as a frontrunner in the remote desktop access field, not just for its seamless connectivity but also for its comprehensive control features, among which the remote desktop restart capability stands out.

Diverse Restart Options

Splashtop recognizes that different situations require different types of restarts. Users can choose between a normal reboot, a reboot in safe mode for troubleshooting purposes, and restarting the Splashtop Streamer without needing to reboot the entire computer. This variety ensures users can tailor the restart process to their needs, minimizing downtime and maintaining productivity.

Easy-to-Use Interface

The feature is accessible through both the Splashtop web console and the Splashtop app, and it was designed with user-friendliness in mind. The process is straightforward: users log into their account, select the remote computer from their list, and choose the desired restart option. This simplicity ensures that even those with minimal technical expertise can manage remote desktops effectively.

Reboot and Reconnect

Understanding the need for continuity in support and access, Splashtop allows for automatic reconnection to the remote desktop after restarting. This is especially useful for IT support professionals using Splashtop SOS, who can continue their support session without interruption after a remote system reboot.

Administrative Control

Splashtop also provides administrative controls to manage reboot capabilities. Team owners or admins can enable or disable the reboot function for certain team members. By restricting reboot capabilities, administrators can prevent unauthorized restarts that could interrupt critical processes or pose a security risk.

By allowing IT support staff to reboot systems remotely, administrators can ensure that support teams have the tools to resolve issues efficiently, minimizing downtime for end-users.

How to Restart a Remote Desktop with Splashtop

Restarting a remote desktop with Splashtop is a straightforward process designed to be accessible for users of all technical levels. Whether working from home, managing a team remotely, or providing IT support, Splashtop offers an efficient way to ensure that the computers you're connected to can be restarted without hassle.

Here's how to do it using the Splashtop web console and the Splashtop Business app.

Restarting Through the Web Console

  1. Login: Start by logging into your Splashtop account through the web console at my.splashtop.com.

  2. Select the Computer: Navigate to the list of your remote computers. Find the computer you wish to restart and click on the gear icon next to it.

  3. Choose to Restart: You’ll see options to restart the computer. Depending on your needs, you can choose between a normal reboot and a reboot in safe mode (for Windows). Select the desired option, and the computer will begin the restart process.

Restarting Through the Splashtop Business App

  1. Open the App: Install the Splashtop Business app on your device. Open the app and log in with your credentials.

  2. Access the Options: Like in the web console, find the computer you want to restart in your list of remote computers. Click on the gear icon for more options.

  3. Execute the Restart: You can select to restart the streamer or the computer itself. Similar options for a normal reboot or a safe mode reboot are available if you choose to reboot the computer.

Additional Tips

  • Automatic Reconnection: Splashtop automatically reconnects you to the remote desktop after the restart, ensuring a seamless continuation of your work or support session.

  • Administrative Controls: If you're an admin, you can manage who in your team can perform restarts, adding an extra layer of security and control to your remote desktop management.

Splashtop's remote desktop restart feature is designed with both simplicity and power in mind, allowing users to maintain optimal performance and troubleshoot issues with minimal interruption to their work. By following these steps, you can leverage Splashtop to keep your remote connections running smoothly, no matter where you are.

Why Choose Splashtop for Remote Desktop Management

In the vast landscape of remote desktop solutions, Splashtop stands out for its robust features, unparalleled ease of use, and commitment to security. Here’s why Splashtop is the superior choice for remote desktop management:

  • Unmatched Ease of Use: Splashtop’s intuitive interface and streamlined setup process ensures that users of all skill levels can quickly get up and running without extensive technical knowledge.

  • Comprehensive Control Features: With features like remote reboot, safe mode restarts, and the ability to restart the Splashtop Streamer directly, Splashtop gives users complete control over their remote desktops.

  • High-Performance Connections: Splashtop delivers high-quality, real-time streaming of the remote desktop’s interface, ensuring that users can work as if sitting right in front of the remote computer. This includes smooth video playback and responsive software use, even for resource-intensive applications, making Splashtop ideal for various uses, from creative work to technical support.

  • Advanced Security and Compliance: Security is a paramount concern for remote desktop access and management. Splashtop addresses this with features like TLS and 256-bit AES encryption, device authentication, two-factor authentication, and compliance with various industry standards. These measures ensure that remote connections are secure and that data remains protected.

  • Cross-Platform Accessibility: Splashtop supports a wide range of devices and operating systems, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and Chromebook. This cross-platform support ensures that users can access their remote desktops from any device, providing flexibility and ensuring that you’re never cut off from your data or applications.

  • Exceptional Value: Beyond its features and capabilities, Splashtop offers exceptional value, with competitive pricing models that cater to individuals, teams, and organizations of all sizes. This, coupled with Splashtop’s reliable customer support and continuous innovation, ensures that users receive the best possible experience at a fair price.

Get Started with Splashtop Now

Navigating the challenges of remote desktop management requires a tool that's not just powerful and secure but also intuitive and flexible. With its seamless interface, comprehensive control features, high-performance connections, and robust security measures, Splashtop ensures that your remote desktop needs are met efficiently and easily.

Ready to transform your remote desktop experience? Splashtop is here to make that a reality. Start with a free trial of Splashtop today and discover the difference for yourself.

Don't let distance or complexity hinder your productivity or support capabilities. With Splashtop, you're just a few clicks away from a remote desktop solution that brings you closer to your work, team, and clients. Start your free trial now and join the millions of users who trust Splashtop for their remote access needs.


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Trevor Jackins Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Splashtop
Trevor Jackins
Trevor Jackins is a Marketing Manager at Splashtop. He’s also a passionate user of Splashtop’s remote access software as he uses it to remote into his office computer to work from home! Trevor’s excitement for Splashtop stems from his interest in how technology can improve our daily lives.
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