How to Properly Reboot (Restart) a Windows ComputerTime: Mar. 13, 2020
How to Reboot a Windows 10 or Windows 8 Computer
The "normal" way to reboot a computer running Windows 10/8 is through the Start menu:
Step1 Open the Start menu.
Step2 Select the power button at the bottom (Windows 10) or top (Windows 8) of the screen.
Step3 Choose Restart.
The second is a little faster and doesn't require the full Start menu:
Step1 Open the Power User Menu by pressing the Win (Windows) key and X.
Step2 Go to Shut down or sign out and pick Restart.
How to Reboot a Windows 7, Vista, or XP Computer
The quickest way to reboot Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP is through the Start menu:
1.Select the Start button on the taskbar.
2.In Windows 7 and Vista, choose the small arrow next to the right of the "Shut down" button.
In Windows XP, select Shut Down or Turn Off Computer.
How to Restart a Computer With Ctrl+Alt+Del
Use the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard shortcut to open the shutdown dialog box in all versions of Windows.
This apporach is an optional method that works just as well as using the Start menu or the Start screen.
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.