Windows 11 desktop computers can get stuck in a reboot loop that makes it impossible for users to work, and sometimes it’s not clear why the problem occurs or how to fix it.
This can hamper productivity to the point that users who experience a reboot loop have to find another device to work on so that the IT department can fix the problem. Users may lose work or unsaved files and have to work on a desktop or other device that is not optimized according to their preferences and needs.
A failed update, defective hardware, new app, or any number of other issues may cause Windows 11 to keep restarting. As an IT administrator, you may have to try several different strategies when troubleshooting a restart issue.
Why does Windows 11 keep restarting
It can be difficult to track down the root causes behind a rebooting issue, especially if the issue occurs on some managed computers and not others. You should consider a wide range of possibilities during the troubleshooting process, including the following:
- Inappropriate Group Policy settings. If the officials have Wrongly configured group policies Or fail to update them properly, the system may have reboot issues.
- Inappropriate system settings. Certain system configuration settings can cause Windows 11 PC to keep restarting. For example, restarting issues can occur if users are overly aggressive with power management settings or disable the secure boot function. Auto restarts and fast startup, which are enabled by default, can cause restart issues.
- System instability. System-wide issues such as missing or corrupt operating system files can cause problems. Third-party apps can sometimes cause rebooting issues as well, especially if users have installed or updated them recently. Even a Windows update can cause restart issues, as can Upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
- defective devices. Device drivers and peripherals can create reboot issues. Possible causes include storage hardware failure—especially if it affects the operating system or application files—and hardware overheating, which often gets worse with high-density workloads.
- Malware infection. A malware infection may cause your computer to keep restarting. Restarting issue can be one of the only issues Signs that a malware has infected your computer.
There can be other sources of the problem as well, but these common causes give administrators some places to start when facing reboot issues. However, the reasons are not necessarily conflicting. Multiple factors may contribute to the Windows 11 restart loop.
What to do if Windows 11 keeps restarting
Since there are many possible reasons why Windows 11 keeps restarting, there are also many steps that administrators can take to resolve restart issues. You should consider three broad areas to determine the source of the problem: the software environment, the hardware environment, and the system settings. By evaluating the desktop through these three categories, you can determine the best way to solve the problem – whether it’s pausing updates, replacing the local drive, or changing Group Policy settings, for example.
Whether you are trying to tackle reboot issues directly or working with a remote user, you should understand how to use Windows 11 Safe Mode To access Windows – especially if a restart issue is preventing the user from booting normally into the computer. Safe mode is a diagnostic and troubleshooting environment that runs a reduced version of the operating system to help isolate and identify system problems.
Safe mode boots Windows 11 into a basic state running with a limited set of files, drivers, services, and features. You can use Safe Mode to perform various tasks, such as updating drivers, removing hardware components, uninstalling new applications, or scanning for malware — all of which can cause Windows 11 to keep restarting.
Program environment assessment
When troubleshooting restart issues in Windows 11, you should look closely at the software environment. There is no single approach to dealing with software-related problems, and it is likely that some trial and error will be required to discover the underlying cause. However, in some cases, the problem may be clearly visible. For example, it may have started right after you applied a Windows update or installed a new app.
If the reason isn’t clear, the best place to start is with Windows Update. Even if you centrally control updates on managed desktops, you may still need to evaluate an individual computer to determine if a particular update is installed correctly. If you access the managed computer directly, you can check for updates or view the update history through Windows Update advantage in Settings (Fig. 1).
Here, you can see if the update failed. If it does, check if any temporary files are left in the program’s distribution folder. You may need to delete the files before trying to run the update again.
In some cases, a successful update still seems to be the root of the reboot issue. If this happens, you can uninstall the update through the . file Update date service. If your computer then boots up normally, at least that helps get your computer running while giving you more time to figure out why the update is causing problems.
You can also consider setting controls on when Windows 11 computers in your organization must restart after an update. For this, you can use Group Policy settings or Mobile Device Management (MDM) A tool to set the restart policies that will take effect after an update.
Another option to address reboot issues is to restore your computer to a specific point in time. This is only possible if Windows is created automatically Restore points on the system or if it is done manually by IT. When working on a single computer, you can use a file system recovery A tool to restore the system to a specific restore point.
If you suspect that a recently installed application may be causing the restart issue, uninstalling the application and restarting your computer may remedy the problem. If you are working directly on the computer, you can use a file Applications and Features Screen to uninstall the suspected application (Fig. 2).
Consider using Image Service Deployment and Management (DISM) System File Checker (SFC) tool and checker for Windows 11 computer as well. A DISM scan must be run before an SFC scan. Together, these tools allow IT to identify and replace missing or corrupt Windows 11 system files. However, it is important to Full understanding of how these tools work before performing any kind of examination.
You should also scan your computer for malware, which can lead to restart issues and lead to more serious consequences. The approach that IT teams take here will depend on how they implement it Security protection on their networks and desktops.
Another software-related option to address rebooting issues is a Windows reset, which returns the operating system to its original factory settings. To do this, go to Start > Settings > System > Recovery. after selection Reset this computer, you can choose to keep the profiles or not (Fig. 3). Either way, you should backup your files before resetting Windows.
You should not reset Windows until you have tried all other options, including those related to hardware and system settings. If resetting Windows does not work, you may need to reinstall the operating system, effectively starting from scratch.
Evaluate the hardware environment
As with the software environment, you should evaluate the computer hardware to determine if it is part of the reason why Windows 11 keeps restarting. One of the possible causes is the hardware driver, which can become corrupt or outdated. An administrator running directly on a Windows 11 PC can use Device Manager to update drivers or remove a device that might be causing problems.
In addition to the drivers, you should test other aspects of the device. For example, one of the peripheral devices may be causing the reboot issue. For this reason, it is a good idea to disconnect external devices when troubleshooting the system. You should also monitor hardware components – especially CPUs and graphics cards – for signs of overheating. Overheating can cause the system to constantly restart, trying to avoid any hardware damage.
You should also run the diagnostic against the power source to ensure that it provides enough voltage to the computer and is operating within the recommended parameters. Additionally, be sure to check that there are no problems with the local drive that might cause a random restart. To do this, you can use a file chkdsk (check disk) A tool that checks the file system and volume metadata for logical and physical errors.
The CHKDSK utility locates bad sectors and physical disk errors and attempts to recover readable information, which may include data that the operating system is trying to access. In some cases, performing a check to check for errors can solve reboot issues. However, if bad sectors are behind the problem, it might be time to replace the drive.
Evaluate system settings
Your computer’s system configuration settings can sometimes cause persistent restarts. For example, incorrectly configured group policies can cause restart problems. So can policies that are not updated correctly, which can happen when updating Windows or migrating from Windows 10 to Windows 11. IT should configure and update group policies correctly on managed PCs as necessary.
A Windows 11 PC can also have problems restarting if Secure Boot is disabled for any reason, which is possible even if it is a system requirement. You can check if Secure Boot is enabled through the system summary available at system information application (Fig. 4). The Safe Boot Status The feature must be set to on me. If not, you will need to update your UEFI settings.
Another troubleshooting option is to disable the auto restart feature in a file startup and recovery screen (Fig. 5). The Auto restart The option is enabled by default, so regardless of the underlying problem, restart issues may occur, making it difficult to diagnose. If you disable this feature, your computer might instead display an error message or perform some other behavior that can help isolate the problem.
You might also consider disabling fast startup, which enables Windows to boot more quickly after turning off the computer. This feature can sometimes cause problems, including frequent reboots. By disabling it, you can at least determine if this might be part of the problem.
In addition, check whether users have configured Overclocking on any of the devices. If so, you should disable it. On laptops, you should review the power management settings, especially regarding the battery. In some cases, such as when performing resource-intensive operations, the power options may cause the restart issue.
When reviewing configuration settings, you should make one change at a time and check if it makes a difference. If not, return the setting to its original configuration and switch to another strategy. You can also choose to check system settings before focusing on software or hardware. It depends on the circumstances and what appears to be the most likely source of the problem.