There are several ways to restart a PC running Windows 10/11. We can initiate a restart from the Start menu, taskbar, Windows + X menu, Task Manager, or Command Prompt. But how do you restart Windows 10/11 PC when it is not responding?
When the usual methods of restarting are not working, you can consider the secret emergency restart feature present in Windows 10 and 11 to perform a force restart.
However, remember that all unsaved data will be lost when you perform a force restart.
Here is how to force-restart Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.
Force restart Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC
Step 1: Simultaneously press Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys (Ctrl + Alt + Delete) to open the Ctrl + Alt + Del screen. Note that the Ctrl + Alt + Delete usually works when Windows is unresponsive.
Step 2: The Ctrl + Alt + Del screen shows Lock, Switch user, Sign out, and Task Manager options. At the bottom right of the screen, the power button shows up.
Step 3: To force-restart Windows 10/11 PC, you need to hold down the Ctrl key and then click on the Power button.
Step 4: Holding the Ctrl key and clicking the Power icon brings up the Emergency restart screen. Click the OK button to immediately restart your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer. Once the PC is restarted, you can sign in to your account and start using it.
Remember that when you force-restart Windows 10 or 11, any unsaved data will be lost.
Tip: If the above method is not helping you force-restart your Windows 10/11 PC, what you can do is press and hold the physical power button until your PC shuts down. Once it shuts down, you can press the power button again to turn it on.