Windows computer restarts without warning

If your Windows computer restarts or reboots without warning automatically here are a few suggestions which may help you identify and fix the problem. There are several reasons that could cause this to happen. The problem could any! It could be failure of some hardware component, over-heating, Windows Update or a Stop Error.

Computer restarts automatically without warning

You will have to identify your problem and then see which of the following scenarios applies to you. Do you get to see a Blue Screen? Does your computer overheat? Updated your Driver recently? Installed some Windows Updates? Once you can identify the probable cause, things could be a bit easier.

Reboot after Blue Screen or Stop Error

To prevent a software or driver issue from restarting your computer repeatedly after a Stop Error, do the following. You need to do this so that you can read the error code, which in turn can help you troubleshoot the issue.

computer restarts without warning

Using the WinX Menu of Windows 8.1, open System. Next click on Advanced system settings > Advanced tab > Startup and Recovery > Settings.

Uncheck the Automatically restart box. Click Apply / OK and Exit.

Now if your Windows were to crash due to a Stop Error, it will not restart the computer but will display the error message, which can help you troubleshoot the Blue Screen.

This post on Windows Stop Errors or Blue Screens Guide and Resources will help you troubleshoot the issue.

Rebooting due to Hardware failure

Hardware failure or system instability can cause the computer to reboot automatically. The problem could be the RAM, Hard Drive, Power Supply, Graphic Card or External devices: – or it could be an overheating or BIOS issue.

This post will help you if your computer freezes or reboots due to Hardware issues.

Restarting after Windows Update every time

If your computer gets into an endless reboot loop, try to get into Safe Mode or access Advanced Boot Options. Here you can open a command prompt windows or system restore or perform an Automatic Repair. Windows 7 users may want to consider repairing Windows 7.

See this post if your Windows is stuck in a reboot loop after Windows Update. and this one if you receive a Your PC will automatically restart in one minute message in Windows 10.

If you wish, you can also prevent Windows 8 from restarting after Windows Updates by using the Group Policy or Registry Editor.

Driver problems causing reboots

If you recently updated your device drivers and now find that your Windows restarts without warning, you might want to troubleshoot your Driver problems or consider rolling back your driver to the earlier version.

This post will show you how to Uninstall, Disable, Roll Back, Update Device Drivers.

Scan your Windows for malware

Malware or virus infection could also be a possible cause for your computer restarts. Deep scan your computer with your antivirus software. You may want to also use a second-opinion on-demand antivirus software to scan your Windows, just to be doubly sure.

I hope something here helps you. If you have any inputs to add, please do so in the comments section.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.