5 great ways to restart Windows 11

Dave W. Shanahan

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For whatever reason, you’ll likely want to know how to restart Windows 11 on your PC. While you will often see an option to restart when you finish installing a Windows 11 update, you may need to restart to troubleshoot any PC-related problems.

Microsoft provides only the most basic way to restart Windows.

Fortunately, there are several ways to restart your Windows 11 PC.

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1. Restart using Start Menu

One of the most obvious ways of restarting your Windows 11 PC is by using the Start Menu. Here’s what you need to do. Open the Start Menu (Windows key) and go to the Power menu and click Restart.

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2. Alt + F4

Another quick way you can restart Windows 11 is by using a special menu option. To enable it, use the keyboard shortcut Alt + F4. Once the menu opens, chose Restart from the dropdown list and choose OK to restart Windows 11.

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3. Quick Link menu (Windows key + X)

A third way to restart Windows 11 is to use the Quick Link menu. To enable this, all you need to do is use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut.

From there, go to “Shut down or sign out” and choose “Restart.”

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4. Use the restart command

The fourth way is a quick way to restart your PC if you have access to Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell. All you need to do is copy and paste the following command at the prompt:

shutdown /r

(the /r parameter is for “restart”)

Once you copy and paste this command, press Enter. In addition, you can also copy and paste this command into the Run menu. In the Run menu, click OK.

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Once the command is completed, you will see a warning message, click the Close (only option).
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After the warning message is closed, your PC will restart in 60 seconds. Just in case you made a mistake and want to cancel the countdown, use the following command: shutdown /a

Alternatively, you can use the following command to restart Windows 11 immediately (without the 60 seconds countdown): shutdown /r /t 0

You can always change the number to how much time (in seconds) you want to Windows 11 to wait before restarting; I wanted Windows 11 to restart immediately, so I used 0 as the amount of time.

For reference, here is a full list of available shutdown command options.

5. Ctrl + Alt + Del or the Login Screen

Using the Ctrl + Alt + Del keyboard shortcut is my go-to interrupt with any Windows PC. Once entered, all you need to do is go to the Power icon in the lower right of the screen and click Restart to restart your PC. Another way you can restart Windows 11 is at the Login screen.restart windows 11

Another pro tip is that you can restart Windows 11 at the sign-in screen. Click the power icon in the lower right of the screen and click Restart.

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Be sure to check out the rest of Windows 11 coverage, along with our extensive list of helpful guides in our dedicated hub.

Do you ever restart your Windows PC or do you just leave it turned on all the time? Let us know in the comments!