To avoid unnecessary computer issues, it's recommended to restart your computer from time to time. Restarting the computer can help you resolve software issues or apply changes that you've made to the computer.
Aside from restarting your computer via the start menu, there are nine other ways to restart your computer, including restarting the computer using Command Prompt, PowerShell, or by pressing "Ctrl+Alt+Del".
In this post, we will demonstrate ten different ways to restart your Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, or Windows 10 computer.
Restarting your Windows computer using the start menu is the most common and official Microsoft method.
There is also an alternative way to perform a normal restart of your Windows computer using the power user menu.
When no application is open, and you can see your desktop, you can also open the shutdown menu by pressing the "Alt + F4" keys on your keyboard.
If you prefer command-line interfaces, you can also restart Windows 10 with Command Prompt or PowerShell.
Windows 10 will restart within a few seconds, and a window appears informing you that it will "shut down in less than a minute." Note: closing this window will not cancel the restart process.
You change the command parameter from /r to /s ("shutdown /s"), and your Windows computer will shut down instead.
PowerShell is a more advanced version of Command Prompt. It is a command interface and a scripting language used to make administrative tasks easier to complete.
All applications will close, and Windows will restart automatically.
You can also shut down Windows from the lock screen, which appears before logging in or when you lock your device.
1. Press the I/O icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
2. Select Restart from the menu. Your computer will restart.
If you have a keyboard, you can access the power options by pressing "Control + Alt + Delete."
The slidetoshutdown command is an unknown Windows feature. It inserts your lock screen image from the top, taking up half of your screen.
The power button is probably the fastest way to restart your computer.
Note: if the computer doesn't shut down when you press the power button, you will need to change the power button behavior in the Power Settings.
If you're running Windows on a touchscreen device, such as a laptop or tablet, you can restart your computer similar to the "slidetoshutdown" command.
In Windows 10, you can schedule a shutdown using Task Scheduler. The Task Scheduler utility in Windows allows you to run programs or perform specific actions on a schedule.
When you click the Finish button, the task will be enabled automatically. You can now be confident that your device will restart automatically at the specified time, allowing you to keep tasks running even if you leave your computer unattended.