Online Test Banks
Score higher
See Online Test Banks
Learning anything is easy
Browse Online Courses
Mobile Apps
Learning on the go
Explore Mobile Apps
Dummies Store
Shop for books and more
Start Shopping

How to Restart Windows on Your PC

You need to reset or restart Windows in two instances: You restart whenever Windows tells you to restart (usually after you install something new or make some change), and you restart whenever Something Strange happens. For some reason, a restart clears the computer’s head like a good nose blow, and things return to normal.


Click the Start menu button.

The Start menu opens.


Click the triangle icon in the lower-right of the Start menu.

The Shutdown menu appears to the right of that icon.


Choose the Restart command from the Shutdown menu.

Windows shuts itself down — almost as though it were turning the computer off. But, just at the moment the system would have turned off, it starts back up again — a restart.

If any files are unsaved, you’re asked to save them before shutting down.

Windows may initiate a restart on its own when upgrading, or you may have to click a button in a window to restart the computer.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Inside Sweepstakes

Win $500. Easy.