How to Restart (Reboot) Windows 10 PC

In this article you will see the steps to manually and automatically restart your Windows 10 computer. Let us begin.

Note: Reboot is also called a “restart.”

Restart Windows 10 PC

Method #1

Open the Start menu. Click on the “Power” icon. Now, click on the “Restart” option to restart the PC.

Method #2

Press Alt + F4 (make sure you are on the desktop) and you will see the “Shut Down Windows” pop-up.

Select the “Restart” option in the pop-up. Click the OK button to restart your computer.

Method #3

Press the Windows and X keys together, or right-click the Start button to open the Power user menu.

You will now see “Shut down or sign out.” Move your mouse over it, and you will see options. Click “Restart.”

Note: You can also perform this method using the shortcut keys, and here it is – press the Windows + X + U + R.

Method #4

Press Alt, Ctrl, and Delete keys at the same time, and you will see the Windows Security screen. There, you will see the “Power” icon at the bottom right of the screen. Click it.

Select “Restart.”

Method #5

Start the Command Prompt. Type shutdown /r and then press the “Enter” key.

You will see a pop-up indicating that the action has been initiated, and your computer will be restarted in the next few seconds.

You can also use the above command in the following programs:

  • Task Manager (click File > Run new task to use the command).

Method #6

Press the Windows key + L and you will see the lock screen. Click on it.

Now, you will see the Sign-in screen where you can see the “Power” icon below. Click on it. Click “Restart.”

Note:

If you click on the “Power” icon, you will see a menu, and that menu is the Power menu.

You can see the same menu in the Start menu, in the Windows Security screen, and Sign-in screen.

Auto Restart Windows 10 PC

Here you can see how to automatically restart your Windows 10 computer once or repeatedly at a given time.

Method #1

Start Run Command Box. Type: shutdown -r -t 240

The above command will automatically restart your computer in 4 minutes (in the command, the 240 means seconds, i.e. 4 minutes) after execution. Replace the 240 with the desired duration.

Click the “Ok” button to execute the command, and you will see a confirmation popup.

Notes:

  • You can use the above command in one of the following programs: Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell, Task Manager (in the Task Manager, click File > Run new task to use the command), address toolbar, and address bar of the File Explorer.
  • To cancel the reboot, use the shutdown -a command in the Run before scheduled time.
  • Remember that the above command only works once. It cannot repeat automatically restarting your computer at a given time. But the following method can.

Method #2

  1. Start Task Scheduler.
  1. Click “Create Basic Task” on the right side of the screen.
  1. In the “Create Basic Task Wizard” pop-up, enter the name and description (which is optional) for the task. Press “Next.”
  1. You can now set the repetition frequency of the task. My choice is “Daily” which is selected by default. Click “Next.”
  1. Here you can specify the date from which the task will start. You can also set the time when the PC should automatically restart. If you want, you can also change the recurring days. I only change the time and leave the rest intact. Click “Next.”
  1. You can now see that the “Start a program” option is selected by default. Click the “Next” button.
  1. Click the “Browse” button and then select the “shutdown.exe” file from the System32 folder. Add /r in the “Add arguments (optional)” field. Click “Next.”
  1. You can see the overview of the task’s settings. Review it. If you do not agree with this, click the “Back” button and make the changes to your liking. If you agree, click the “Finish” button.

That is all. From now on, you will see this pop-up at the time you planned.

As the pop-up shows, your PC will restart in less than a minute.

Notes:

  • If you wish, after the pop-up window specified above, you can use the shutdown -a command in the Run Command Box to cancel the restart.
  • To view the task: Click “Task Scheduler Library” on the left side of the screen. You can see the task you have created.
  • To edit the task: Right-click on the task and then select “Properties.” You can now edit the task to your liking. Also, you will see many options there such as Security options, Settings, and Conditions. Play with them if you want.
  • To delete the task: Right-click on the task and then press “Delete.” Click “Yes” in the confirmation popup.