How to Restart Windows 10 PC

In this post, we’ll see how to restart Windows 10 PC manually and automatically. Let’s get started.

Restart Windows 10 PC Manually

Method #1

Open the Start menu. Click on “Power” icon.

Power icon showing options

Now, click on “Restart” option to restart PC.

Method #2

Press Alt + F4 (make sure you are on the Desktop) and you can see “Shut Down Windows” popup.

In that popup, select the “Restart” option.

Click on the “OK” button to restart your computer.

Restart option is selected

Method #3

Press Windows key + X (or right-click on Start button) to open Power User Menu.

Now, you can see “Shut down or sign out.” Hover your mouse over it, and you can see options.

Hovering mouse over Shut down or sign out showing options

Select “Restart.”

Note:

You can do this method via keyboard shortcut too and here it is: Press Windows key + X + U + R.

Method #4

Press Alt + Ctrl + Delete keys simultaneously, and then you can see the “Windows Security” screen.

There you can see the “Power” icon at the bottom right of the screen. Click on it.

Choose “Restart.”

Method #5

Launch Command Prompt.

Type “shutdown /r” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Restart command in the Command Prompt

You can see a popup which states that the action is initiated, and your computer will get restarted in the next few seconds.

You can use the above command in the below programs too:

Run Command

File Explorer Address Bar

Address Toolbar

Windows PowerShell

Task Manager (Click on File > Run new task in the Task Manager. Now, type the command in the “Create new task” box and then press “Enter”).

Method #6

Press Windows key + L, and you can see “Lock Screen.” Click on it.

Now, you can see “Sign in” screen where you can see “Power” icon at the bottom. Click on it.

Hit “Restart.”

Note:

When you click on “Power” icon, you can see a menu, and that menu is called “Power” menu.

You can see the “Power” menu in the “Start” menu, “Windows Security” screen, and “Sign in” screen.

See: How to Shut Down Windows 10 Computer

Restart Windows 10 PC Automatically

If you want to automatically restart Windows 10 computer at a specific time (for once or repeatedly) without using any third-party software, then you can do it using any one of the following two methods.

Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

Launch Run Command Box. Type the following command in it:

shutdown -r -t 240

Restart command in the Run Command Box

The above command will restart your computer automatically in 4 minutes (in the command, the 240 meant seconds, which is 4 minutes) from the time it is executed. Replace the 240 with the time duration you want.

Hit “OK” button to execute the command and you’ll see a confirmation popup.

Restart confirmation popup

Notes:

You can use the above command in any one of the following programs: Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell, Task Manager (In Task Manager, click File > Run new task), Address Toolbar, Address Bar of File Explorer.

If you wish to abort restart, use the command “shutdown -a” (without double quotes) in the Run Command Box before the scheduled time.

Remember that the above command works only once. In other words, it cannot repeat automatically restarting your computer at a specific time. However, the following method can.

Method #2

Launch Task Scheduler.

Find and click “Create Basic Task” from the right side of the screen.

In the “Create Basic Task Wizard” popup, enter the name and description (which is optional) for the task. Hit “Next.”

Provided name as Auto Restart

​Now, you can set the repeat frequency of the task. In this instance, my choice is “Daily” which is selected, by default. Hit “Next.”

Selected Daily

Here, you can set the date from which the task will start. Also, you can set time in which you want the PC to restart automatically. If you wish, you can change the recurring days too. In this instance, I am only changing the time and leave the rest intact. Hit “Next.”

Set the time for PC to restart automatically

Now, you can see “Start a program” option is selected, by default. Click the “Next” button.

Selected Start a program

Click on the “Browse” button and then choose the “shutdown.exe” file from the “System32” folder. Add “/r” (without double quotes) in the “Add arguments (optional)” field. Click “Next.”

Provided restart command

You can see the overview of the task’s settings. Review it. If you are not “OK” with it, hit the “Back” button and make the changes as per your liking. If you are “OK” with it, click the “Finish” button.

Overview of the task's settings

That’s all. From now on, you’ll see this popup at the time you’ve scheduled.

Confirmation popup about restart

As the popup states, your PC will get restarted in less than a minute.

Notes:

After the above popup shows, if you wish, you can use the command “shutdown -a” (without double quotes) in the Run Command Box to abort restart.

To view the task: Click on “Task Scheduler Library” from the left side of the screen, and you can see the task you’ve created.

To edit the task: Right-click on the task and then select “Properties.” Now, you can edit the task as per your liking. Also, you can see many options there such as Security options, Settings, and Conditions. Play with them if you wish.

To delete the task: Right-click on the task and then select “Delete.” In the confirmation popup, click “Yes.”

Also see:

How to Add Bluetooth and WiFi to Windows 10 Laptop


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