How to Fix Windows 11 Stuck on Restarting (5 Ways)

You can learn the reasons for Windows 11 stuck on restarting and 5 ways to fix it as well as a method to protect data before resetting the computer. Keep reading for detailed information.


by Clytze Updated on May 9, 2024

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Why is My Windows Update Stuck on Restarting?

Windows 11 has been popular among users since its release, and many Windows users have upgraded to the new system to get a better user experience. But recently, many users have reported Windows 11 stuck on restarting screen. To know how to solve this problem, we need to know the reasons for this error first, and this article summarizes a few of the most common reasons for you.

  • Not updating Windows.
  • Safe boot is disabled.
  • Outdated drivers for external hardware connected to the system.
  • Corrupt system files.
  • Malware/virus attack.
  • Any problems with Internet connection.
  • Insufficient memory.


How to Fix Windows 11 Stuck on Restarting

Next, this article will introduce 5 useful ways for you to fix the Windows 11 stuck in restart loop problem. You can try them in turn and I believe there is always a method that can help you fix the problem. You can keep reading for more details.

Way 1. Shutdown Manually using Keyboard Shortcut

The first way, when Windows 11 stuck on restarting screen for more than 30 minutes or longer, you can use keyboard shortcuts to shut down the system manually. You can follow the steps below.

Step 1. If the system is stuck on the restart screen, press and hold Windows+X at the same time and press the power button continuously for a few seconds until the system shuts down.

Step 2. Release all keys that were pressed, wait for a minute or so, and then press the power button once to boot the system.

Step 3. Check to see if the system boots up properly.

Way 2. Update the Windows System

If Windows is not updated, it can cause various problems such as application login errors or internal hardware problems, etc. Then this can also cause Windows 11 stuck on a restart screen. Therefore, you can try to update Windows to fix this problem.

Step 1. Navigate to Start > Settings > Windows Update and right-click Windows Update.

Step 2. Click Check for updates. If there are any updates, please download and install them. Then restart your computer to see if the issue has been solved.

Check For Updates

Way 3. Enable Secure Boot on the system

Windows 11 stuck on restarting screen may be caused by a conflict with a service, background process or third-party software that is running on your computer. Therefore, you can reboot your computer into Safe Mode to resolve this issue. Safe mode runs according to Windows default settings and will only run the necessary drivers and files.

Step 1. Press Win + R together to open the Run window, and type msconfig and press Enter to open System Configuration.

Step 2. Switch to the Boot tab, select Safe boot and make sure the Minimal option is selected.

Safe Boot

Close the window and press the Windows key. Click on the power button and then select Restart. Your PC will now boot into the Safe mode and you can continue the update.

Way 4. Uninstall any recent Windows Updates

Sometimes, recently completed Windows updates may also interfere with system settings or configurations, which can cause Windows 11 stuck on restarting screen. Therefore, it is recommended that you uninstall any recent Windows updates on your system.

Step 1. Navigate to Start > Settings > Windows Update and right-click Windows Update.

Step 2. On the Windows Update page, click on Update history.

Step 3. Select Uninstall updates at the bottom of the page, then click Uninstall of the recent windows updates done.

Uninstall Updates

After the windows update is uninstalled, restart your system and see if the problem be solved.

Way 5. Reset Your Windows 11 Computer

If none of the previous methods solve the problem, then you can choose to reset your Windows 11 PC, which will get rid of the problem of Windows 11 stuck on restarting screen.

Step 1. Open Start > Settings > System > Recovery and click the Reset this PC button.

Reset This PC

Step 2. Choose the type of reset you want to do – either keep your files (which you probably want) or remove everything and start fresh.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions to and wait while your PC is reset to a working state.  

Perform a System Backup before Resetting

If you have to reset your computer to solve the Windows 11 stuck on restarting problem, you may spend a lot of time and there may be a risk of data loss. Therefore, it is recommended that you use the free backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard to backup your system before resetting your computer to keep your data safe.

Scheduled backup: In addition to backing up your system before resetting, you can set the backup frequency (Daily, Weekly, or Monthly) with the scheduled backup function and the software will automatically back up your system regularly.
Incremental backup: You can select the Incremental backup method to help you improve backup efficiency when you perform the scheduled backup task.
Multiple paths: It allows you to backup your system to an external hard disk, HDD, SSD, a USB flash drive, cloud, network, etc.
Different systems: You can easily backup your system on Windows 11/10/8.1/8/8/7/Vista/XP.

Download this free backup software and then follow the graphic tutorial below to backup your system before resetting your Windows 11 PC. If you are a Windows Server user, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Server.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper Standard, and then click Backup > System Backup.

System Backup

Step 2. It will select Windows system partition and boot-related partitions automatically. And you just need to select a destination.

Select Destination

Step 3. Click Start Backup to back up the system to protect data before resetting.

Start Backup

Options: You can compress or split the system backup, write comments or set email notifications for your system backup.
Schedule Backup: It can backup your system automatically with the frequencies you set, such as Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event trigger and USB plug in.
Backup Scheme: 3 backup methods (Full/Incremental/Differential backup) you can choose. Both of the latter two methods can save your disk storage space while improving backup efficiency. And the incremental backup method is more demanding to restore, so you can upgrade to the Pro version to enjoy the differential backup method. After upgrading, you can also enable automatic backup cleanup feature to save disk space. 


This article explains why Windows 11 stuck on restarting screen and what to do if Windows is stuck on restarting. You can try the 5 methods mentioned in the article in turn. If you have to reset your computer to solve the problem, then please use the free backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard to backup your system before resetting to avoid data loss.

You can also use the scheduled backup function of this software to backup your system regularly, so that even if there is any problem with your computer accidentally in the future, you can use the system backup to restore it quickly.

Besides, this software is also a wonderful restore software, even if you want to restore your system backup to a computer with different hardware, its Universal Restore feature can be easily taken care of for you. You can download this software to explore more features.  


Clytze · Editor
Clytze, an editor at AOMEI Technology, is passionate about safeguarding your digital world. She dedicates her expertise to empower users like you in data security and recovery. She firmly believes that everyone should have the tools and knowledge to protect their digital assets through computer backup, seamless disk cloning, and efficient file synchronization. Clytze is your trusted guide on the journey to data safety.