I installed Windows 10 after an upgrade to Windows 8, however I find that it restarts my PC within 30 minutes of shutting it down.

I switched off scheduled updates but it still happens, quite freaky just launches it self if its powered at the wall. Never happened with Windows 8, is there a setting somewhere other than the updates section that can be tweaked?

  • After a lot of deliberation and trying out everyone else's answers, mine issue ended up being hardware-related. The graphics card was malfunctioning and needed to be sent in for RMA.
    – Sawtaytoes
    Mar 25, 2019 at 19:38

13 Answers 13


I found my computer restarting by itself and I found the problem.

  1. Go into my computer right click properties
  2. then get into device manager.
  3. Under network adapters find your driver right click and make sure that under power management tab you unclick let device start up computer.

It seems that when my network computers tried to talk to my machine it restarted. By the way, I also changed the power setting first to stop quick restart but that alone did nothing on its own

  • ill give this a try and see if it restarts over the week
    – User101
    Dec 19, 2015 at 11:23
  • 3
    This solved it, also when Windows 10 did a big update it reset this flag! Annoying as hell.
    – User101
    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:16
  • 2
    That's an interesting bug since that's not what that setting does. That setting is supposed to enable Wake-On-LAN, a feature that uses a specific type of network signal for booting your computer. It's mostly used with servers, routers, and other devices that are remotely administered.
    – Nilpo
    Feb 19, 2017 at 0:09
  • If I ever dump Windows and move to Linux/Mac, it will be because of these auto-restart or auto-wake issues... Jul 15, 2020 at 22:34

The problem was

Windows control panel: Settings > System > "Power & sleep" > "Additional power settings" under "Related settings" > "Choose what the power buttons do" > "Change settings that are currently unavailable" > uncheck "Turn on fast startup (recommended)".

on shutdown there was an application which was slower and closed at last, this triggered the "awake" on sleep mode again, resulting in a "reboot" or wake-up.

With this setting the slower application doesn't wake up the pc again. Another solution is to remove the application that causes this.

  1. Click start button/icon
  2. Search for cmd
  3. Right-click on icon and select "Run as Administrator"
  4. At command line type the following:

    powercfg h off
  5. Press Enter

  6. Type exit and press Enter

Now try to shut down through start button/power/shut down and see if it works.


Since this one is not in the above thread:

  1. Edit your registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
  2. change the key: "PowerdownAfterShutdown" to "1"
  • And this does what exactly?
    – Arete
    Aug 2, 2021 at 23:37
  • You are asking this 5 years later anyway google on "powerdownAfterShutdown" and a couple of (microsoft) hits will explain.
    – edelwater
    Aug 9, 2021 at 15:47
  • If you don't at least make an effort to explain your answer it is not my job to google it. It doesn't matter how old the answer is. This is why I gave you a downvote.
    – Arete
    Aug 10, 2021 at 15:41
  • congratulations on your undocumented find .
    – edelwater
    Aug 11, 2021 at 19:20

My Solution for ASUS Desktop (I think Gigabyte MB)

Strangly, but I read it on a forum and cannot find that one again, below worked for me:

Completely power down PC, take out power cord and take out CMOS battery for say at least a minute, I did 5 minutes.

Insert CMOS battery and start up again.

Now of course all bios settings are set to deafult but after continuing the issue was solved. No need for Windows 10 changes.

I think by this method some flag in the cmos is reset which cannot be changed in the CMOS setup.

It came back once, after I changed some devices (VGA card and DVD) but the same job solved it again.

Now running for 6 months witouhout any issues.

  • BIOS reset, I didn't had that in mind yet. Thx!
    – rekire
    Feb 8, 2021 at 7:44

This solved it for me:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power\HiberbootEnabled=0


Close fast startup, Open the Control Panel , and click on the Power Options icon, then choose close the lid, Click/tap on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link at the top, remove the hook of turn on fast startup, click save changes.hope it helps.

  • The lid option isnt available as its a PC, but I went to the shutdown options and fast startup is ticked and greyed out and there is nothing I can do to change it.
    – User101
    Sep 11, 2015 at 17:05
  • @User101 at the top of the screen showing you the shutdown options that are greyed out (you probably have to scroll up), there should be a blue link "Change settings that are currently unavailable" with a UAC shield icon next to it. Click that, and then you should be able to modify the setting. For PCs, the 'fast startup' option is under "Choose what the power buttons do". That said, I'm not sure the 'fast startup' option explains why your PC is turning on after you shut it down. Sep 18, 2015 at 0:31
  • @JoshuaMcKinnon thanks, tried it no luck, still restarts
    – User101
    Dec 17, 2015 at 20:52

Clicking restart instead of shutdown, helped me. So, then pc restarted properly and subsequent shutdown also worked as shutdown (not restart)

  • That used to help me in the past. But recently, when this issue occurred after a reformat, this did not help.
    – Sawtaytoes
    Nov 24, 2018 at 8:59

1. Solution

If I run in a terminal:

  shutdown /s /t 00

    computer shut down and no restart for me.

I try another methods, but:

  1. They not helped for me,


  1. They are more complicated than this method.

2. Command line arguments

  • /s — shutdown the computer,
  • /t 00 — shutdown immediatly.

3. Shortcut on desktop

For me, the easiest way to start the shutdown command — shortcut on desktop.

Right-click to desktop → NewShortcut


→ paste shutdown /s /t 00 in open field → Next → type shortcut name (optional) → Finish.


If you double-click to this shortcut on desktop,

    computer must shut down without restart.

4. my system environment

  • Operating System — Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 64-bit EN
  • Graphics — SyncMaster (1280x1024@60Hz), Intel HD Graphics 4400 (Gigabyte)

5. Extra links


Try replacing your graphics card. That could very-well be the issue. It really sounds like you have a hardware, not software, flaw.

  • I see no reason where you spot the graphics card involved.
    – rekire
    Feb 8, 2021 at 7:47
  • That was the issue I ran into years ago. Don't remember the specifics, but I RMA'd it and that fixed the issue. The issue really sounds like a BIOS configuration, but my specific solution was different.
    – Sawtaytoes
    Feb 8, 2021 at 17:33

What did it for me in the end was going into Advanced BIOS settings and disabling "Wake on Lid Opening" (My computer is ASUS TUF FX705DT). I tried the following before this to no avail:

  1. Disable fast startup in Power Settings. The setting was not visible for me initially so I had to run powercfg.exe /hibernate on in powershell with admin mode.
  2. Ran sfc /scannow in cmd with admin mode
  3. Went to Advanced System Settings --> Advanced --> Startup and Recovery/Settings and disabled "Automatically restart"
  4. Opened devmgmt.msc. Opened Properties for every network adapter and disabled "Allow this device to wake the computer" in "Power Management"
  5. Browsed to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon in regedit.exe and set PowerDownAfterShutdown (string) to 0.
  6. Browsed to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\Power in regedit.exe and set HiberbootEnabled (32bit DWORD) to 0.

If you run a VM, you need to disable the Wake-on-LAN on the VM NIC too. Or use the setting mentioned above to setup the NICs.

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One solution that I have found to work is to HOLD DOWN the on-off switch for 3 or 4 seconds until PC switched off. Then it remains down!

You will have to exercise caution with this though, Dont kill the pc while its running the operating system. Best thingto do is shut it down and then when it goes to black screen, hold the on-off button down. that way you'll wont corrupt anything.

  • While this works, it's a one-off meaning, it doesn't solve the problem in the long run. Each time you start up your PC again, you'll have to do this to turn it off. It will cause a ton of problem as well because Windows is shutting down unexpectedly.
    – Sawtaytoes
    Nov 24, 2018 at 4:54

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