Restart Windows 11 computer (six ways)

Are you still new to Windows 11? If so, these are the ways to restart the system.

Windows 11 restart options
Windows 11 restart options
  • To restart Windows 11, open the Start menu > Power, and click “Restart.”
  • Another way is to right-click the “Start” button, open the “Shutdown or sign out” menu and choose “Restart.”
  • Or use the “Alt + F4” keyboard shortcut without the Start menu, choose “Restart,” and click “OK.”
  • Alternatively, you can also restart a Windows 11 computer with a keyboard using Command Prompt and PowerShell.

If you’re new to Windows 11 and having trouble figuring out how to restart your computer, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Since the operating system includes a new Taskbar with a centered Start menu, it can be confusing to find the power options.

In the past, you would go to the bottom-left corner of the Start menu to access the power option, but that’s changed on Windows 11. The good news is that restarting your device is still a simple task through the Start menu, Taskbar, Command Prompt, or PowerShell.

This guide will teach you the easy steps to restart your computer running Windows 11. (You can use these steps to reboot Windows 11 in Safe mode.)

How to restart Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can restart the system in several ways from the Start menu or commands. Here’s how.

1. Start menu

To restart Windows 11 the easiest way, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 11.

  2. Click the Power button in the bottom-right corner.

  3. Select the Restart option.

    Start menu restart option

2. Start button

To restart a computer from the Start button, use these steps:

  1. Right-click the Start button.

  2. Select the “Shutdown or sign out” menu.

  3. Select the Restart option to reboot the system.

    Start button restart option

3. Keyboard shortcut

To reboot without the Start menu (or laptop with a keyboard), use these steps:

  1. Use the “Alt + F4” keyboard shortcut.

  2. Choose the Restart option from the menu.

    Alt + F4 dialog restart option

  3. Click the OK button.

4. Lock screen

To restart the system from the Lock screen on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Click the Power button from the bottom-right corner of the Lock screen.

  2. Select the Restart option.

    Lock screen restart option

5. Command Prompt

To restart Windows 11 from Command Prompt, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to shutdown Windows 11 and press Enter:

    shutdown -r -t 00

    Command Prompt restart option

6. PowerShell

To reboot a Windows 11 system from PowerShell, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to restart your computer and press Enter:


    PowerShell restart option

After you complete the steps, Windows 11 will reboot immediately. If you specify a number other than zero in Command Prompt, the system will wait that number of seconds before shutting down and restarting.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].