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6 Ways to Reboot or Restart a Windows 10 Computer

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How you maintain your PC/laptop has a huge impact on its performance. Keeping the system active for long hours can eventually affect the way your device works. If you are not going to use your system for a while, it is better to shut down the system. Sometimes, certain errors/issues can be fixed by rebooting the system. There is a proper way to restart or reboot a Windows 10 PC. If care is not taken while rebooting, the system may exhibit erratic behavior. Let us now discuss the safe way to restart your computer so that no issues crop up later.

How to Reboot or Restart a Windows 10 PC?

6 Ways to Reboot or Restart a Windows 10 PC

Method 1: Reboot using Windows 10 Start Menu

1. Click on the Start menu.

2. Click on the power icon (found at the bottom of the menu in Windows 10 and the top in Windows 8).

3. Options open up – sleep, shut down, restart. Choose Restart.

Options open up – sleep, shut down, restart. Choose restart

Method 2: Restart using Windows 10 Power Menu

1. Press Win+X to open the Windows Power User menu.

2. Select shut down or sign out.

Right-click on the Windows bottom left pane screen and choose Shut Down or Sign out option

3. Click on Restart.

Method 3: Using the Modifier keys

The Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys are also known as modifier keys. How to restart the system using these keys?

What is Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del will open up the shutdown dialog box. This can be used in any version of Windows. After pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del,

1. If you are using Windows 8/Windows 10, click on the Power icon and select Restart.

press Alt+Ctrl+Del shortcut keys. Below blue screen will open up.

2. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, a red power button appears along with an arrow. Click on the arrow and select Restart.

3. In Windows XP, click on shut down restart OK.

Method 4: Restart Windows 10 Using Command Prompt

1. Open the Command Prompt with administrative rights.

2. Type shutdown /r and hit Enter.

Restart Windows 10 using Command Prompt

Note: The ‘/r’ is important as it is an indication that the computer should restart and not simply shut down.

3. As soon as you hit Enter, the computer will restart.

4. Shutdown /r -t 60 will restart the computer with a batch file in 60 seconds.

Method 5: Reboot Windows 10 using the Run dialog box

Windows key + R will open the Run dialog box. You can use the restart command: shutdown /r

Restart by the Run dialog box

Method 6: Alt+F4 Shortcut

Alt+F4 is the keyboard shortcut that closes all the ongoing processes. You will see a window with ‘What do you want the computer to do?’ From the drop-down menu, choose the Restart option. If you wish to shut down the system, choose that option from the menu. All active applications will be terminated, and the system shuts down.

Alt+F4 Shortcut to Restart the PC

What is a full Shut down? How to perform one?

Let us understand the meanings of the terms – fast startup, hibernate, and full shutdown.

1. In a full shut down, the system will terminate all active applications, all the users will be signed out. The PC shuts down completely. This will improve your battery life.

2. Hibernate is a feature meant for laptops and tablets. If you log in to a system that was in hibernate, you can get back to where you left off.

3. The fast startup will make your PC start quickly after a shutdown. This is quicker than hibernate.

How does one perform a full shut down?

Click on the Power button from the start menu. Hold the shift button while you click on shut down. Then release the key. This is one way to perform a full shutdown.

there is no longer an option to hibernate your PC in shutdown menu

Another way to perform a full shutdown is by using Command Prompt. Open the Command prompt as an admin. Use the command shutdown /s /f /t 0. If you substitute /s with /r in the above command, the system will restart.

complete shutdown command in cmd

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Rebooting Vs Resetting

Restarting is also referred to as rebooting. However, be alert if you come across an option to reset. Resetting could mean factory reset which involves wiping out the system completely and installing everything freshly. This is a more serious action than restarting and may result in data loss.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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