Windows 10 keeps restarting after update (Solved) 2024

To break the restart loop, try starting Windows in Safe Mode and uninstalling the problematic update. If that doesn't work, you might need to use system restore or repair tools.


Windows 10 computer restarts unexpectedly after update? Sometimes you may stuck at situation where Windows 10 restarts automatically or endlessly falls in the reboot loop. Users report Windows computer restarts over and over again, it keeps trying to repair itself but with no success. There are several potential reasons why Windows 10 keeps restarting after update, Hardware failures to corrupted drivers, system files, or even a faulty operating system update are common. Again Incorrect system settings or accumulated dust in the CPU can also be contributing factors. Whatever the reason, check out the Detailed Steps to Fix the Windows 10 Endless Reboot Loop.

Windows keeps restarting after update

There could be different reasons why Windows 10 restarts unexpectedly, It could be because of hardware failure, corrupted driver, corrupt system files, Registry Errors, dust in the CPU FAN and more.

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  • Problems with hardware components, such as RAM or a failing hard drive, can lead to instability after an update.
  • Incorrect power settings or issues with the power supply can cause the system to restart unexpectedly.
  • Outdated or incompatible drivers can conflict with the new update, causing the system to restart repeatedly.
  • If essential system files are damaged or corrupted during the update process, it can lead to instability and frequent restarts.
  • Certain third-party software or applications may not be compatible with the new update, leading to system instability.
  • Incorrect or corrupted registry entries can cause system instability, especially after an update.

Disable Automatic Restart

This could be useful for diagnosing such problems. If your computer restarts frequently disable the automatic restart option following the steps below.

  • Press Windows key + R, type sysdm.cpl and click ok to open system properties,
  • Navigate to the “Advanced” tab, and click the Settings button inside the Startup and Recovery section.
  • In the “Startup and Recovery” window, you’ll see a section called “System failure.” Uncheck the option labeled “Automatically restart.”

This means that when your computer encounters a system failure, it won’t automatically restart. Finally, click “OK” to save and apply your changes.

Disable Automatic Restart

Disabling the automatic restart is a valuable step in diagnosing and resolving the causes of frequent computer restarts. It won’t fix the issue itself but will help in identifying the root cause, which can then be addressed effectively.

If still windows 10 restarts unexpectedly or trying to repair itself again and again, start Windows in safe mode and try to update or reinstall the display driver. In addition, perform sfc scan or uninstall third-party antivirus to fix the problem.

Check power supply

First of all, check if any component getting heating. Check the power supply, it’s connected properly. Again if you are using Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) make sure the device in question is not the root of the evil: plug your computer directly into the power outlet and see if it works properly.

Sometimes, a malfunctioning UPS can introduce irregularities in power supply, leading to system instabilities.

My personal experience: Recently came to a situation where my PC suddenly restarted frequently. Checked everything and at last ended with the SMPS. A faulty power supply can also cause a computer shut down by itself.

Computer SMPS

Battery problem is another major reason for the random shutdown of the laptop. This problem usually occurs after a long use age of laptops or excessive charging. If your laptop shuts down randomly, test your battery if it’s working well or not. If it isn’t, you really need to buy a new battery.

Monitor CPU Temperature

Sometimes, your CPU or GPU may overheat which can lead to automatic shutdowns. That’s because the motherboard is programmed to shut down the entire system to prevent the CPU from getting damaged. This way laptops can cool down for an adequate period and prevent the inner system from drastic damage. To check the temperature of your CPU, you can use third-party tools or very carefully touch the backside of your laptop. If your laptop is under warranty, then take it to the supplier for replacement.

For desktop users, If the fans stop working, the temperature will be higher than normal. So open the case and ensure the fans are running. If the fans are broken, you might need to replace it with a new one. Again Too much dust can cause computer overheating. So try to clean the computer, especially the fans and the filter.

Clean CPU fan dust

Check if the RAM (Memory module) is causing the issue

Most of the computers either stop working or just turn off randomly because of the RAM (random access memory) crashing problem. This problem generally occurs when your RAM stops working or by the displacement of your RAM. To resolve this problem, unplug your RAM, clean it out (clean the RAM slot as well) and plug it in again. Check if the problem is solved or not.

clean RAM slots

Updated to the latest Windows 10 version

Microsoft regularly releases security updates with the latest bug fixes including driver updates. May the latest Windows update have the bug fix for this Windows 10 frequent restart issue?  Or the latest driver update fixes the problem for you.

  • Press the Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open the settings app,
  • Click on Update & Security then Windows update
  • Hit the check for updates button, let the Windows updates download from the Microsoft server (if available)
  • Restart Windows to apply the changes and check if this helps.

Windows update

Switch off Sleep Mode

Sleep mode is a very useful feature that preserves the energy of the laptop or computer that has been sitting idle for some time. But, with Windows 10, this feature becomes a problem. Some user has experienced automatic shutdown instead of sleep mode activation. Hence, it is recommended to switch off sleep mode to prevent forced shutdowns.

Disable Fast Startup

With the latest version of Windows, Microsoft aims to fasten up things for their users and that’s why they introduced the fast startup feature. But, if this feature is affecting the way you want to shut down your computer, then you should avoid it. This feature can be easily disabled from the power setting.

  1. Right-click Start and open Power Options.
  2. In the Power Options settings window click on Additional Power settings
  3. Then Choose what the powers buttons do option in the left panel.
  4. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable options.
  5. Under Shut down settings, remove the tick from Turn on fast startup (recommended).
  6. Click OK to save the changes.

Fast Startup

Adjust Power Settings

Windows 10 has been facing lots of problems related to the power setting. So, it is good if you adjust some settings in the power department to make your automatic shutdown problem go away forever. You can change a few things in advanced power settings like change the value from 100 to 0 in ‘Minimum processor state and reduce the value until it shows Never. It goes both for ‘plugged in’ and ‘on battery’ for laptops.

  1. Open the control panel, search for and select power options,
  2. Select your default power plan and click the Change plan settings option.
  3. Open Change advanced power settings.
  4. Go to Processor power management.
  5. You should see that the Minimum processor state is set to 100. Change it to 0.
  6. Go to the Hard Disk and find Turn off hard disk after. Decrease the value until you see Never.
  7. Save the changes and close Settings.

Adjust Power Settings

Evaluate Drivers

The very next thing that you should do is check your drivers. In the earlier versions of Windows, they often caused BSODs to result in a shutdown. So, you should check your GPU drivers first. Most of the generic drivers that received through the Windows Update, but this is not the case for GPU drivers. If you are using dual GPU with the Intel integration and AMD graphic card, then make sure to update both. Next, you can look to update SSD firmware.

  • Right-click Start and select Device Manager.
  • Expand Display adapters right-click on your GPU Choose update driver
  • Also, you can Uninstall the current GPU driver
  • Click on yes if ask for confirmation, and restart the windows
  • Then access the official driver provider’s website and install the latest version of the driver.
  • Once you finish the installation, restart your computer.

Check if a Faulty HDD is causing the issue

Another thing worth checking is your HDD. If your HDD is corrupted or it has damaged sectors, you’ll probably encounter a large variety of problems.

  • Open Command prompt as administrator,
  • In the command line type, wmic diskdrive get status and press Enter to confirm.
  • You’ll know your hard disk is healthy when prompted with ‘OK’ for every partition.
  • On the other hand, if you see ‘Unknown’, ‘Caution’, or ‘Bad’, your hard disk has some issues.
  • You need to repair disk errors using chkdsk command.

Check HDD status

Run a Clean Test

Lastly, the best option that you have to protect your PC from shutting down would be running a clean test. However, if the hardware is the main culprit, then this solution will not work. To thoroughly clean your system, you should first backup all your files over the cloud storage or you can backup on spare DVDs. Once you are fully sure that all your important software and files are backed up, then you can run the process of cleaning your system.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why does Windows 10 keep restarting after an update?

  • Continuous restarts after an update can be caused by various factors, including incompatible drivers, corrupted system files, or issues with the update installation.

What should I do if my Windows 10 keeps restarting after an update?

  • You can try booting into Safe Mode, uninstalling recent updates, checking for driver conflicts, and performing a system restore to a previous stable state.

What if I can’t access Safe Mode?

Should I check for driver conflicts if my system keeps restarting?

  • Yes, incompatible or corrupted drivers can cause issues. You can check for driver conflicts in Device Manager and update or uninstall problematic drivers.

What is a system restore, and how can it help in this situation?

  • A system restore allows you to revert your system to a previous stable state. It can be useful if the issue started after a recent update or software change.

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Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

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