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How to Restart the Computer in Windows 10

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Restart will close all apps, sign out all users, and restart (reboot) Windows on your PC.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to restart your local Windows 10 PC.


CONTENTS:





Restart Computer in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Restart Computer in Windows 10
To Restart Computer from Start Menu

1. Open the Start menu, click/tap on the Name:  Power.jpg
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Restart Computer in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Restart Computer in Windows 10
To Restart Computer from Win+X Quick Link Menu

1. Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, click/tap on Shut down or sign out, and click/tap on Restart. (see screenshot below)

OR

2. Press the Win+X keys, press U, and press R.

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Restart Computer in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Restart Computer in Windows 10
To Restart Computer from Alt+F4 Shut Down Windows Dialog

1. Click/tap on your desktop to make it the current focused (active) window, and press the Alt+F4 keys.

2. Select Restart in the drop down menu, and click/tap on OK or press Enter. (see screenshots below)

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Restart Computer in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Restart Computer in Windows 10
To Restart Computer from Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen

1. Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys, click/tap on the Name:  Power.jpg
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Restart Computer in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Restart Computer in Windows 10
To Restart Computer from Sign-in Screen

1. While on the sign-in screen, click/tap on the Name:  Power.jpg
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Restart Computer in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Restart Computer in Windows 10
To Restart Computer from Command Prompt

Tip   Tip
If you like, you can also run the commands below in the Win+R Run command dialog.


1. Open a command prompt, type the command below you want to use, and press Enter.


shutdown /r

Note   Note
Performs a full shutdown and restart the computer.



shutdown /r /f /t 0

Note   Note
Immediately force running applications to close, and then performs a full shutdown and restart the computer.



shutdown /r /t xxx

Note   Note
Performs a full shutdown and restart the computer after a timeout period you specified in seconds.

Substitute xxx in the command above with between 0-315360000 seconds you want for the timeout period. If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f (force) parameter is implied.



shutdown /r /c "Your comment here"

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Displays a warning with your comment, and performs a full shutdown and restart the computer.

Substitute Your comment here in the command above with the comment you want up to 512 characters.

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shutdown /r /t xxx /c "Your comment here"

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Displays a warning notice with your comment, and performs a full shutdown and restart the computer after a timeout period you specified in seconds.

Substitute Your comment here in the command above with the comment you want up to 512 characters.

Substitute xxx in the command above with between 0-315360000 seconds you want for the timeout period. If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f (force) parameter is implied.

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shutdown /g

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Performs a full shutdown and restart the computer. Will restart any applications that were open when you restarted after the system is rebooted and you sign in.



shutdown /g /c "Your comment here"

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Displays a warning with your comment, and performs a full shutdown and restart the computer. Will restart any applications that were open when you restarted after the system is rebooted and you sign in.

Substitute Your comment here in the command above with the comment you want up to 512 characters.

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shutdown /g /t xxx /c "Your comment here"

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Displays a warning notice with your comment, and performs a full shutdown and restart the computer after a timeout period you specified in seconds. Will restart any applications that were open when you restarted after the system is rebooted and you sign in.

Substitute Your comment here in the command above with the comment you want up to 512 characters.

Substitute xxx in the command above with between 0-315360000 seconds you want for the timeout period. If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f (force) parameter is implied.

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Restart Computer in Windows 10 OPTION SEVEN Restart Computer in Windows 10
To Restart Computer from PowerShell

Note   Note
To see all Restart-Computer options in Windows PowerShell 5.0, see: Restart-Computer


1. Open Windows PowerShell, type the command below you want to use, and press Enter.


restart-computer

Note   Note
Performs a full shutdown and restart the computer.



restart-computer -force

Note   Note
Forces running applications to close, and then performs a full shutdown and restart the computer.



restart-computer -confirm

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Prompts you to confirm before performing a full shutdown and restart the computer.

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restart-computer -force -confirm

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Prompts you to confirm before forces running applications to close, and then performs a full shutdown and restart the computer.

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Restart Computer in Windows 10 OPTION EIGHT Restart Computer in Windows 10
To Perform an Emergency Restart in Windows 10

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In some situations you may have to shut down and restart Windows very quickly. This would be an emergency restart. An emergency restart if basically just a forced restart without a timeout. (ex: shutdown.exe -R -T 00 -F)

An emergency restart can be helpful in circumstances when you cannot normally restart your computer, and is much better than turning off the power to your computer by performing a hard restart (reboot) which can be harmful to the computer.


1. Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys.

2. Press and hold the Ctrl key, click/tap on the Power button, and release the Ctrl key. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on OK to restart the computer. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn