How to Fix Windows 10 Stuck on Restarting

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This guide provides various solutions to fix this restarting problem, whether you can sign into Windows 10 or not. Therefore, in the first section, you will learn how to solve the issue when you can sign into Windows 10.

However, in the second section, you will learn how to fix the problem when you cannot sign into Windows 10. In fact, this guide features an FAQ section towards the end.

Obviously, this section aims at answering some of the most asked questions about this issue. So, sit tight as I teach you how to fix your Windows 10 PC if stuck on restarting.

Before you go on with the solutions in this guide, perform a hard reboot by pressing and holding the power button until the system shuts off. After that, disconnect any peripheral device connected to the PC before restarting it.

If the problem still persists, carry on with the solutions in this guide.

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How to Fix Window 10 Stuck on Restarting when You Can Sign in

How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can Sign In

Some users have reported being able to start their computer to the Windows 10 sign-in screen. However, when they restart the computer, it gets stuck on the restarting screen.

 

If the above description fits your situation, try the solutions in the subsections below to fix the problem.

If your Windows 10 PC does not start to the sign-in screen, proceed to the section – How To Fix Window 10 Stuck On Restarting When You Can’t Sign In

Fix Windows 10 Stuck on Restarting by Running DISM and SFC Scans

Running DISM and SFC scans might stop your Windows 10 PC from getting stuck on restarting. To perform this task, follow the steps below.

  1. On the Windows 10 search bar, type “cmd”. Then, right-click the Command Prompt application from the search result and click Run as administrator.
  1. After doing that, you will receive a User Account Control prompt requesting permission to allow the app make changes to your computer. Select Yes to continue.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can Sign In
  1. When the Command Prompt application opens, input the commands below and press Enter to run the DISM scan. After that, wait for the scan to complete.
Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
  1. When the DISM scan is complete, input the commands below and press Enter to begin the SFC scan. Then, wait for the SFC scan to complete by reaching 100% before proceeding.
SFC /SCANNOW
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can Sign In

After both scans have been completed, restart your Windows 10 PC and check if the issue is still there. If the issue is still there, check out the next solution below.

Fix Windows 10 Stuck on Restarting by Running System Maintenance

This problem of Windows 10 getting stuck on restarting can also be solved by running system maintenance. Follow the steps below to perform this task.

  1. Type “control panel” on the Windows 10 search bar and select the Control Panel app from the search result.
  1. When Control Panel opens, go to View by on the top-right corner and switch from Category to Large icons.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can Sign In
  1. After that, scroll down to locate and click Troubleshooting.
  1. On the Troubleshooting page, go to the left pane and select View all.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can Sign In
  1. On the All Categories page, locate and click System maintenance.
  1. Then, on the System Maintenance window, click Advanced.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can Sign In
  1. After doing that, check the Apply repair automatically box and click Run as administrator. Then, press the Next button.
  1. After that, System Maintenance should begin to detect what may be causing your Windows 10 PC to get stuck on restarting, among other issues. If it finds the problem, it will provide a solution and try to fix it.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can Sign In

I hope that fixes the issue of your Windows 10 computer being stuck on restarting. However, if it didn’t solve the problem, you need to try out the last solution below.

Fix Windows 10 Stuck on Restarting by Disabling Fast Startup Feature

If the fast startup feature is enabled on your Windows 10 PC, it may cause the PC to get stuck on restarting. Hence, in order to fix the problem, you have to disable the fast startup feature.

To do that, follow the steps below.

  1. Type “control panel” on the Windows 10 search bar, then from the search result, click Control Panel.
  1. On the Control Panel window, go to View by on the top right side of the page and switch from Category to Small icons.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can Sign In
  1. Then, locate and select Power Options.
  1. On the Power Options window, select Choose what the power buttons do on the left pane.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can Sign In
  1. Then, click on Change settings that are currently unavailable. When you do that, a User Account Control prompt will pop up requesting permission for the app to make changes to your PC – click Yes to continue.
  1. When you are done with step 5, the options under the Shutdown settings category will be active. Then, uncheck the Turn on fast startup (recommended) box.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can Sign In
  1. After that, restart your computer, and the problem should be fixed.

How to Fix Window 10 Stuck on Restarting when You Can’t Sign in

Sometimes, your Windows 10 PC can get stuck restarting after an update. Due to this, you might not be able to log into the computer in order to perform fix the problem.

Therefore, you need to boot your computer into safe mode to fix the problem or carry out any solutions. Follow the steps below to boot your Windows 10 computer into safe mode.

How to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

  1. Press and hold the power button on your PC until it shuts down.
  2. Then, press the power button again to start the computer. When Windows 10 is starting up, press and hold the power button on your computer again until it shuts down.
  3. When you start your Windows 10 computer for the third time, it will boot into recovery mode.
  4. Then, on the Recovery page, select See advanced repair options.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can't Sign In
  1. After that, select Troubleshoot from the options that appear.
  1. When you have done that, click Advanced options.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can't Sign In
  1. On the Advanced options page, select Startup settings.
  1. Then, click on the Restart button.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can't Sign In
  1. After doing that, press “4” on your keyboard to boot your Windows 10 computer into safe mode.

After you have successfully booted your Windows 10 PC into safe mode, you can then carry out the solutions below.

Try the solutions one at a time. When you apply a suggested fix, restart your computer. If it successfully restarts, then you have fixed the problem. However, if the problem persists, use the steps in the last subsection to boot the PC into safe mode – then try the next suggested fix.

Fix Windows 10 Stuck on Restarting by Running DISM and SFC Scans in Safe Mode

Running DISM and SFC scans in safe mode when you can’t sign into Windows 10 can fix your PC getting stuck on restarting. In order to perform this task, follow the procedures below.

  1. After booting into safe mode, click on the Windows 10 search bar and type “cmd”. Then, right-click the Command Prompt application from the search result and click Run as administrator.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can't Sign In
  1. When the Command Prompt application opens, input the commands below and press Enter to run the DISM scan. After that, wait for the scan to complete.
Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
  1. When the DISM scan is complete, input the commands below and press Enter to begin the SFC scan. Also, wait for the SFC scan to complete by reaching 100% before proceeding.
SFC /SCANNOW
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can't Sign In

After both scans have been completed, restart your Windows 10 PC and check if the problem has been solved. If it hasn’t been solved, try out the next solution below.

Fix Windows 10 Stuck on Restarting by Running System Maintenance in Safe Mode

Another solution to fix Windows 10 stuck on restarting when you can’t sign in is to run system maintenance in safe mode. Follow the steps below to perform this task.

  1. Boot your Windows 10 PC into safe mode by following the steps in the How To Boot Into Safe Mode In Windows 10 sub-section above.
  2. When your computer is booted into safe mode, type “control panel” on the Windows 10 search bar. Then, select the Control Panel app from the search result.
  1. When Control Panel opens, go to View by on the top-right corner and switch from Category to Large icons.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can't Sign In
  1. After that, click Troubleshooting.
  1. On the Troubleshooting page, go to the left pane and select View all.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can't Sign In
  1. On the All Categories page, locate and click System maintenance.
  1. Then, on the System Maintenance window, click Advanced.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can't Sign In
  1. After doing that, make sure the Apply repair automatically box is checked. Then, press the Next button.
  1. After that, System Maintenance should begin to detect what may be causing your Windows 10 PC to get stuck on restarting, among other issues. If it finds the problem, it will provide a solution and try to fix it.
How To Fix Window 10 Stuck In Restarting When You Can't Sign In

When all that is done, restart your Windows 10 computer, and the problem should be long gone.

If none of these steps worked for you, follow the steps in this guide to run the DISM command from Windows 10 recovery console – How To Extract Install.WIM From Install.ESD And Use Install.WIM As A DISM Source File To Repair Windows 10.

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Fix Windows 10 Stuck on Restarting

1. How Can I Restart My Windows 10 PC?

To restart your Windows 10 PC, follow the steps below.
a) Press Ctrl + Alt + Del keys on your keyboard.
b) On the bottom right corner, you will see the power button. Hence, click it and select Restart from the options that appear.

2. Does Restarting My Computer Clear The Memory?

Yes, restarting your computer momentarily turns it off to clear the RAM and processor cache as well as stop all pending activities.

3. Is Reboot And Restart The Same?

Yes, reboot and restart mean the same thing.

4. How Long Should A Computer Restart Take?

Restarting your Windows 10 computer is a simple process that usually takes just a few seconds. However, in some cases, it may take longer than a few seconds due to updates or some other factors.

5. Does Restarting Your PC Make It Faster?

Yes, restarting your computer makes it perform more efficiently. This is because it clears the RAM and temporary files that may be causing the computer to lag.

My Final Thoughts About How to Fix Windows 10 Stuck on Restarting

My Final Thoughts About How To Fix Windows 10 If Stuck When Restarting

Several problems may be associated with your Windows 10 PC getting stuck on restarting. As a matter of fact, your Windows 10 computer can get stuck on restarting immediately after an update.

If that’s the case, you might not even be able to sign into Windows 10. However, in this guide, we discussed several solutions to solve the problem, whether you can sign in or not.

Hence, if you followed the procedures in this guide thoroughly, this issue should be something of the past.

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References and Further Reading

  1. answers.microsoft.com – laptop takes forever to restart.
  2. answers.microsoft.com – windows 10 slow restart slow start after shutdown
  3. ngtnet.net – Computer Shutdown VS. Restart
  4. answers.microsoft.com – [SOLVED] Windows 10 stuck at restarting screen after I successfully upgraded from v1511 to v1607
  5. wintips.org – FIX: Windows 10/11 Stuck on Restarting screen. (Solved)
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