How to Restart Your Computer? (Desktop & Laptop)

If you are using a desktop PC or a laptop, you are very familiar with the word ‘Restart.’ Today you will know how to restart your PC, why do you need the restart option, when it is useful, and more…

Just like the shutdown option, you can see Restart on the power menu by default.

Before anything else, you need to know the meaning of restart in a computer.

What is ‘Restart’ on a computer?

‘Restart’ is one option in a power menu on Windows PC. It closes all the desktop and the background running apps and makes your PC shut down. Again the PC will turn ON automatically without putting your hand on the power button.

Compared to the Hibernate and the Sleep modes, Restart is not frequent in use.

However, each option in the Windows power menu has some unique functionality. So here on this page, you can find the complete information about the restart option in Windows PC. This information is useful for both desktop and laptop users.

Find the difference between desktop and laptop.

Is it useful for you?

Undoubtedly, the restart option in a computer is useful for all Windows users. All you need to know is in what way it can be useful to you. The restart in the computer can occur in two cases – Automatic Restart & Manual Restart.

Uses of Automatic Restart

The Automatic Restart – in a computer means the restart function of a computer is performed by the Artificial Intelligence programmed in an Operating System. Usually, this automatic restart occurs during the time of installing updates and if the system found any error in a PC.

  • If your PC shows a Blue Screen error, the automatic restart will help you identify the problem with the stop code message and prevent your system from damage.
  • During Windows updates or OS installation, restart helps the process gain speed and accuracy.
  • On your laptop, if you have any issues like battery overheating, insufficient airflow, etc, then the automatic restart will help you save your system from damage. And it helps to speed up your laptop. Find other ways to slow down your PC along with fixes.

Uses of Manual Restart

The Manual Restart – means you intentionally want to shut down your PC and restart it. During app uninstalling, Windows updating, complete hibernate or sleep mode uses, etc, you need to make a manual restart.

  • It is a way to remove cached data on your PC.
  • You completely hope to choose when the system updates will install.
  • When your PC not functioning well, the manual restart will clear the glitches or errors.

3 ways to restart your PC

You’ve seen the uses of the restart button in a Windows PC. There are three ways to restart your computer which is running with Windows Operating System.

Press the power button to restart your PC

On desktop computers – the power button is on the CPU case. You can press the power button to start your computer, restart, shut down, and other functions.

By default, the power button has locked with the function ‘shutdown’ but you can change the default action of the power button to whatever option (function) you want from the power menu.

Here is a quick process to change the default function of the power button.

Type control panel on the search bar >> Control Panel >> System Security >> Change what the power buttons do (Under Power options) >> Change ‘When I press the power button’ >> And Save changes

From the next second onwards, the power button will perform the action applied to it.

On a laptop – the power button is at the top of the keyboard. But it may vary from PC to PC. Do we call a laptop a PC?

Use a keyboard shortcut

Alt + F4 is the shortcut key to display power options in Windows PC. But the power options will only display when you use this shortcut on the desktop. Otherwise, the current app you are using will get closed.

If you want to shut down your PC, Alt + F4 and then Enter click is good to go. But, if you want to restart, you need to change the action from shut down to restart.

Power Menu on Windows 10
Power Menu on Windows 10

This is the most frequent method to shut down or restart a computer.

Restart from the start menu

On your keyboard there is a Windows button, press it. Immediately you’ll see the start menu like this.

Restart option in Windows 10 PC
Restart option in Windows 10 PC start menu

On this page, click on ‘Power‘ which is present at the bottom left of your screen then the power menu will display. And then click on ‘Restart.’ Now your PC will restart for you.

If you are in a condition like me, click on update and restart instead of just restart. Make sure all your required data was saved before restarting otherwise you may lose your important data.

Here I’m in a work right now. So I can’t do it.

Use restart option efficiently

You’ve seen that how to restart your PC. Now you need to know when actually the restart button is useful. The automatic restarts are not in your hands. So I’m not discussing it here.

When your PC troubles you with slow performance, app installation errors, when the external devices are not recognizable, Wi-Fi connecting issues, when audio devices are not working, your laptop charging problem, monitor no-signal sign, etc, then restarting your PC may solve the problem.

I’m unsure to say all your PC problems are completely solved by restarting. But, it helps in many cases. So I suggest you before anything else restart your PC to fix the problem.

Why automatic restarts occur in a Windows PC during a software update?

Sometimes Windows recommend you restart your PC to install the software update. When the process of installation, Windows will display a message on the screen “Your PC may restart several times.”

Even when you are installing the Windows 10 Operating System on your new PC, it displays the same. But why a computer needs to restart to install software?

And also, you may get a request to restart your PC to make the complete uninstall of an app on your PC. Not all apps need this command but some do. Let’s find what happens between after power command (restart) and before the lock screen.

When you restart your PC in any one of the above 3 ways, the monitor will turn blue with the sign ‘Restarting.’

It shows restating, but the action is actually shut down your PC. During this process, all the desktop running apps and background running apps will get close. And removes the cached data of uninstalled apps on your PC.

The Windows Operating System removes all the unwanted data during the shutdown. And it installs the modified programming changes during restart.

The software contains a lot of programming lines to command hardware and software on a computer.

However, whatever device you are using, keep your device up-to-date. It helps you to protect your data from online threats. Activate ransomware protection on your Windows 10 PC.


Hope you find the required information about restarting your PC. If you have anything to say, feel free to comment.

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