General Restart (Reboot) Windows 11 Computer

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Restarting the computer will sign out all users, shut down the computer, and then automatically reboot the computer.

When shutting down your PC, any open supported apps are registered for application restart. After restart, these apps will re-open automatically when you sign in.

The feature to restore applications that have registered for application restart after you restart or shutdown has been set to only occur for users that have turned on (default) Automatically save my restartable apps and restart them when I sign back in in Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options.


This tutorial will show you different ways on how to restart your local Windows 11 computer.


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OPTION ONE

Restart Computer from Start menu


1 Open the Start menu. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Click/tap on Restart in the Power menu.

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OPTION TWO

Restart Computer from Win+X Quick Link Menu


1 Open the Win+X Quick Link menu. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the Shut down or sign out.

3 Click/tap on Restart in the menu.

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OPTION THREE

Restart Computer from Alt+F4 Shut Down Windows Dialog


1 Click/tap on the desktop (Win+D).

2 Press the Alt + F4 keys.

3 Select Restart in the drop menu, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION FOUR

Restart Computer from Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen


1 Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys.

2 Click/tap on the Power button. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on Restart in the Power menu.

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OPTION FIVE

Restart Computer from Sign-in Screen


1 While on the sign-in screen: (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Click/tap on Restart in the Power menu.

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OPTION SIX

Restart Computer from PowerShell


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell. (see screenshot below)

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2 Copy and paste the command below you want to use into PowerShell, and press Enter.

To see all Restart-Computer command usage options, see: Restart-Computer | Microsoft Docs


restart-computer

Performs a full shutdown and restart the computer.


OR

restart-computer -force

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


OR

restart-computer -confirm

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

restart-computer -force -confirm

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

Restart Computer from Command Prompt


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Command Prompt. (see screenshot below)

Windows_Terminal_command_prompt.png

2 Copy and paste the command below you want to use into Command Prompt, and press Enter.

shutdown /r

Performs a full shutdown and restart the computer.


OR

shutdown /r /f /t 0

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


OR

shutdown /r /t xxx

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.


OR

shutdown /r /c "Your comment here"

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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OR

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

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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OR

shutdown /g

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.


OR

shutdown /g /c "Your comment here"

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.

restart_notice.png


OR

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

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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OPTION EIGHT

Emergency Restart Computer


This option should only be used as a last resort.

This option will immediately restart Windows 11. Any unsaved data will be lost.


1 Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys.

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

Emergency_Restart-1.png

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

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


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rotis

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and you can also open notepad paste
Set WSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 0"

put the extesnion .vbs and there you have it. a shortcut on desktop to restart windows 11.
 

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and you can also open notepad paste
Set WSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 0"

put the extesnion .vbs and there you have it. a shortcut on desktop to restart windows 11.
Hello, :)

If you like, you could create a shortcut with only the command instead.

shutdown.exe -r -t 0
 

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and you can also open notepad paste
Set WSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 0"

put the extesnion .vbs and there you have it. a shortcut on desktop to restart windows 11.
Or, use this script. It will run specific shutdown commands if you pressed the key corresponds in the screen.

This is my first script. I didn't join TF in this time i created this script. Thanks.

 

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