How to Reboot Windows 10/8/7

Rebooting computer means you are looking to boot your computer – or the operating system (to be precise) again. There is a number of ways to reboot (or restart) your computer, including the right or wrong one. That includes powering the computer off and on, swapping out the AC power or battery, or hitting the reset button, but each of those methods might give a little ‘surprise’ to the operating system a bit.

Go to reboot your computer to get to Safe Mode, but different systems have different ways to enter safe mode on Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Part 1: How to Reboot a Windows 10 or Windows 8 Computer

The normal way to reboot a computer running Windows 10 or 8 is through the Start menu:

  1. Open the Start menu.
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  3. Click or tap the Power button (Windows 10) or Power Options button (Windows 8).
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  5. Choose Restart.

You can also restart your computer through power user menu. This doesn’t even involve launching start menu.

  1. Open the Power User Menu by pressing the WIN (Windows) key and X or simply right click on start menu button (icon)
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  3. In the Shutdown or sign out menu, choose Restart.


Part 2: How to Reboot a Windows 7, Vista, or XP Computer

In case you're an old-school guy who has immense love for Windows XP or 7 and has not updated your operating system yet, the quickest and the right way to reboot Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP is (surprise, surprise) also through the Start menu:

Step 1: Click the Start button on the taskbar.

Step 2: If you're using Windows 7 or Vista, click the small arrow next to the right of the "Shutdown" button.

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For Windows XP users, click the ShutDown or Turn Off Computer button.

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Step 3: Choose Restart.

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In case your computer is stuck, not responding, frozen or maybe you’re too lazy to use the above-mentioned method, there are some other ways to reboot (restart) your computer.

Part 3: How to Restart a PC With Ctrl+Alt+Del

In all versions of Windows, you can also use the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard shortcut to open the shutdown dialogue box. This is extremely useful when you can't open the Start menu. The screens look different depending on which version of Windows you're using but each of them gives the option to restart the computer:

Windows 10 and 8 Choose the power icon on the bottom right of the screen to find the Restart option.

Windows 7 and Vista Select the arrow next to the red power button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, and choose Restart.

Windows XP Click the Shut Down button and then Restart from the drop-down menu, followed by OK.

Part 4: How to Use Command-line (Command prompt) to Restart Windows

You can also try the nerdy way to restart Windows by using Command Prompt using the shutdown command.

  1. Open Command Prompt by typing ‘cmd’ in the start menu (Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10). Windows XP users can access Command Prompt by typing ‘cmd’ in run.
  2. In cmd, type this command shutdown /r
  3. Press Enter.

The "/r" command specifies that the computer should restart instead of shutting down.

Further, this command can be directly used in the Run dialogue box, which you can open by pressing the WIN (Windows) + R key.

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