FIX: Windows 10/11 stuck on restart screen. (Solved) –

Does Windows 10 get stuck on the restart screen every time you restart your PC? If yes, continue reading below to resolve the issue.

Microsoft releases updates for Windows 10 from time to time, but these updates can cause system problems or cannot be installed and the system gets stuck on the Restart screen.

FIX Windows 10 stuck on restart screen.

In other cases, Windows 10 may get stuck at the restart screen after you install a new device or program, preventing Windows from restarting your computer normally.

Whatever the reason, in this guide you will find several ways to prevent Windows 10 from getting stuck on the restart screen.

How to fix: Windows 10/11 stuck on restart screen.

Before moving on to the methods below, try the following and see if the problem persists:

1. If your computer is stuck on the “Restart” screen, press and hold the button Power button on your computer, turn off your computer for 5-10 seconds. Otherwise, shut down your computer normally.

2. Remove connected external devices (such as USB drives or other USB devices) that you do not need to use your computer.

3. Turn on your computer and start Windows. If the problem occurred after installing a new program, go ahead and uninstall it.

4. Restart the computer and continue working if Windows 10 does not restart. Perhaps the problem was caused by a Windows update or some other background operation that prevented the restart. If you can start Windows, but the problem reappears when you restart your computer, make sure your computer is clean of viruses and malware and proceed with the following methods.

Method 1. Force Windows to recreate the Windows Update Store folder.

The second way to solve the “Stuck on Restart” problem in Windows 10 is to delete and recreate the “SoftwareDistribution” folder, because sometimes Windows is stuck on restart because it is trying to install a problematic update.*

* Information: The “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution” folder is where Windows stores downloaded updates. Sometimes an update may not download correctly or may be corrupted, so it’s important to force Windows to download the update again from the beginning.

1. press Windows image + R buttons to open Running dialog box.

2. Type cmdand press Ctrl + Ceiling + Enter to open an administrator command prompt.


3. In the command prompt window, type the following command and click Enter To stop the Windows Update service (if it is running):

stop the windows update service

4. Now issue the following commands in order:

  • cd %systemroot%
  • ren SoftwareDistribution SD.old
  • net start wuauserv

Software distribution

5. Close the command prompt window.
6. go to Start image > Settings > Update and security.
7. press Check for updates.
Allow Windows to download and install any available updates.


Method 2. Remove unnecessary startup/background programs.

1. click on CTRL + SHIFT + ESC buttons to open the task manager.
2. In the Task Manager window, select Start up Tab.
3. Now look at all the startup apps and turn off those who don’t want to start/run in the background. (eg skype, utorrent, etc.)

control startup programs task manager

4. to close your computer.
5. Restart your computer and start Windows.
6. Restart go to your computer and check if the problem is solved. If yes, open Task Manager again, enable the disabled startup programs one by one and restart until you find the culprit.

Method 3. Disable third-party services.

1. press Windows image + R buttons to load Running dialog box.
2. Type msconfig and press Enter.


3. In the System Configuration Utility, select Services tab and…

    1. Check Hide all Microsoft services.

    2. Then click Disable all
    3. press Please apply and OK.


4. Click when prompted Exit without restarting.


5. Delete your personal computer.
6. Restart your computer and start Windows.
7. Restart go to your computer and check if the problem is solved. If yes, open the system configuration utility again and enable the disabled services one by one and restart your PC until you find the culprit.

Method 4. Update important device drivers.

1. press Windows image + R buttons to load Running dialog box.
2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open the device manager.


3. In the device manager double click at Display adapters.
4. Right click on your display adapter and select Driver update.

Driver update

5. In the next window, click Search for automatic drivers option.


6. If Windows finds a newer driver, go ahead and install it. If not, go to the VGA support website and download and install the latest drivers. *

*Note: In some cases, the problem is solved after installing an older and stable version of the VGA driver.

7. Go to your computer or motherboard manufacturer’s support website and download the latest Chipset drivers.

Method 5: Run the System Maintenance troubleshooter.

Sometimes, running the Performance Troubleshooter can solve various problems in Windows 10. To run the Performance Troubleshooter:

1. Go to Windows Control Panel.
2. install the view by to whom: Small icon and then press Troubleshooting; DEFECTS.

cpanel windows

3. click on See all.

save the system

4. Double click System maintenance.

run system maintenance

5. press The next one and follow the on-screen instructions to run the System Maintenance Troubleshooter.

system maintenance problem solver

Method 6. Disable fast startup.

1. Type in the search field control Panel and press Enter.
2. change the View By (above right) to Small icon and then press Power options.


3. Select in the left panel Choose what the power buttons do.


4. press Change settings that are not currently available.


5. Scroll down and remove the mark the Enable fast startup (recommended) select and click Save the changes. *

*Note: If “Enable fast startup (recommended)” option is not present in this window, you need to enable hibernation on your computer.


6. Restart your personal computer.

Method 7. Fix Windows corruption errors using DISM and SFC tools.

1. Open command prompt as administrator. For this:

    1. Enter the following in the search field: cmd or command line.
    2. right click on it command line (result) and select Run as administrator.

command line administrator

2. In the command prompt window, type the following command and click Enter:

  • Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth

dism health recovery windows 10 8 7

3. Please be patient while DISM fixes the component store. After the operation is complete, (you should be notified that the corruption in the component store has been fixed), give this command and press the button. Enter:

sfc scan now windows 10-8

4. Once the SFC scan is complete, restart your computer.
5. Try updating your system again.

Method 8. Perform a clean Windows 10 installation.

Often, it is better and takes less time back up your files and to reset your PC or perform a clean install of Windows 10 rather than dealing with upgrade issues in Windows 10.

That’s it! Which method worked for you?
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