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Windows 11 PC Keeps Restarting: Top 8 Fixes

A detailed guide on how to resolve errors when Windows 11 keep restarting

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Does your Windows 11 device keep restarting randomly? If yes, you have come to the right guide. Like you, many users around the world are complaining about this problem. This error could stem from problems like graphics card issues, malware infection, or hardware problems.

Regardless of the cause of the error, we will walk you through various steps to troubleshoot this issue and get your system up and running in no time. So, if this sounds good to you, read to the end.

1. Disable Fast Startup

Fast Startup is a feature that speeds up startup by storing system data in a hibernation file and reducing boot times. Nevertheless, it can result in conflicts, particularly when hardware or driver problems are the root of the problem with frequent restarts. In this case, disabling the fast startup is the best option.

This step can make the startup process more stable, and the underlying problems that cause the Windows 11 PC to restart frequently can be fixed. Follow the steps below to disable fast startup.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, type powercfg.cpl in the text field, and hit Enter to bring up the Power Settings.
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  2. Click on the Choose what the power button do option.
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  3. Next, click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable option.
  4. Now, uncheck the box for the Turn on Fast Startup option, then click the Save changes button to complete the process.
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  5. After this, check to see if your Windows 11 device keeps restarting.

2. Disable Automatic Restart

Automatic restarts are meant to fix system failures by restarting the computer, but they can also cover up underlying issues and make it difficult for users to find and fix the source of the issue.

Disabling automatic restart enables problem messages to appear on the screen. This information, which sheds light on the precise defect or malfunction causing the restarts is extremely helpful in diagnosing the problem.

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I simultaneously.
  2. Under the System tab, navigate to About > Advanced system settings, and click on the Advanced system settings option.
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  3. Under the Start-up and Recovery section, click on the Settings button.
  4. Go to the System failure section, uncheck the box for Automatically restart, then click OK.
  5. Finally, check to see if the error has been fixed.

3. Update Group Policies

Group Policies in Windows are collections of regulations that manage different parts of the operating system, such as security configurations and system behavior.

Misconfigurations or conflicts in the imposed Group Policies may be the cause of a Windows 11 PC that keeps restarting. By changing these policies, You can ensure the system follows the most recent configurations and security regulations. Follow the steps below to do this.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, input cmd in the text field, then hold Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as an administrator.
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  2. Once the command prompt is opened, input the command below, and hit Enter.
    gpupdate
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  3. Allow the command to run, then check to see if the error has been fixed.

4. Scan for Malware

Another reason you could have this problem is a virus attack. In this case, running a malware scan is a great way to fix the error. We recommend using reliable third-party anti-virus software to scan your device, as these programs offer a more in-depth scan.

5. Perform a Disk Check Scan

The frequent restarts could indicate deeper disk-related issues, such as corrupted files or faulty hard drive sectors. A built-in Windows tool called CHKDSK is intended to check and fix problems with the physical disk and file system. You can find and address any possible disk issues causing the restarts by using CHKDSK. Follow the steps below to use this tool.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, input cmd in the text field, then hold Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as an administrator.
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  2. Once the command prompt is opened, input the commands below one after the other and hit Enter after each one.
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

  3. After running these commands, check whether the error has been resolved.

6. Carry Out an SFC Scan

If running the disk check scan does not solve the problem, we recommend running a SFC scan. This built-in tool can scan and repair corrupted system files, potentially resolving issues when your Windows device keeps rebooting. Follow the steps below to run this scan.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, input cmd in the text field, then hold Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as an administrator.
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  2. Input the command below and hit Enter.
    sfc /scannow
  3. Allow the command to run, then check if the problem persists.

7. Change Windows Update Settings

Although automatic updates are essential to the system’s functionality, occasionally, they can cause unplanned restarts that could cause problems. Users can have more control over when updates are installed and when the machine reboots by modifying the update settings.

You can reduce the likelihood of unexpected restarts by scheduling updates for times when there is less activity. Follow the instructions below to achieve this.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, type regedit in the text field, then hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  2. Now, navigate to the following path.
    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
  3. Right-click on the Windows folder, navigate to New > Key, then name it Windows Update.
  4. Right-click on Windows Update, navigate to New > Key, then name it AU.
  5. Next, click the newly created AU folder, right-click on the blank space, choose New > DWORD (32-bit Value), and name it NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUser.
  6. Double-click on the new item, click the radio button for Hexadecimal, then set the Value data to 1.
  7. After doing this, restart your device and see if the error has been fixed.

8. Uninstall Any Recent Windows Update

Updates might occasionally bring compatibility problems, glitches, or conflicts with the already installed drivers, which can cause instability and frequent system restarts.

You can determine whether the restart issue is still there without the particular update by uninstalling recent updates to take the system back to a point before the problematic update was installed.

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I simultaneously.
  2. Navigate to Windows Update, then click on Update history.
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  3. Select Uninstall updates.
  4. Look for the most recent update, then choose Uninstall.
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Concluding Remarks

Following the steps outlined in this guide, you can troubleshoot your device when Windows 11 keeps restarting. If you have further questions or need more clarification, let us know in the comment section below.

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