Why Windows 10 restarts by itself ? Fixed

Windows 10 Shutdown Auto-restart problem.
By: Mr. Ashish J
Windows Issue
Auto Restart

Introduction: Why Windows 10 Restarts by itself?

To resolve this issue, the first step is to understand the underlying cause of the problem. So to get to the root cause, consider the following situations, and act accordingly. To resolve the issue.

BIOS/System Setup Troubleshooting.

  • Is it a setting in computer BIOS?
    • Yes, it could be a setting in computer BIOS, which may cause this.
    • Check bios to verify.
    • Restart issue concerned with the Power option hence checks power management options in Bios.
In power management inside BIOS check for the options:
"Wake on Lan": The Wake on LAN setting may cause the computer to wake up if it is connected through the Ethernet/CAT5/RJ45 cable when this option is enabled in BIOS. What happened here is that the LAN cable keeps on sending the activity signal and not let the computer, which interprets into the wakeup call and starts up the machine.
Wake on USB: If any USB device such as External HDD or Printer device, which causes USB signals to the computer, will also cause the system to wake up if from shutdown state, so disable this option as well.
S3, S4, and S5: Disable these deep sleep options as they are advanced and cause confusion between Shutdown and Deepsleep with some user; hence to bypass this confusion, disable them.

Now check to shut down the computer and confirm if it resolves the issue.

If not, then let's take control of windows troubleshooting in the below steps.

Windows 10 Troubleshooting.

  • Is it some windows settings that might cause this problem?
    • Advanced system settings.
    • Windows Update settings.
Advanced System Settings: Advanced system settings of windows could be one o the possible reason why we are getting this trouble.
To isolate this problem, follow these steps to disable the Automatically restart option:
  • In Windows, search for and open View advanced system settings.
    Click Settings in the Startup and Recovery section.
Figure: System Properties window
  • Remove the checkmark next to Automatically restart under System Failure, then click OK.
    Figure: Automatically restart checkbox
Figure: Automatically restart checkbox
Now Restart and check. If the issue still persists, try below Windows TS.
Isolate Windows Update: Check and see in Windows Update for ongoing Windows Update if you find it then make sure to install it:
  • Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  • When the Settings app opens, navigate to Update & security.
    Now in the right pane, click on Check for updates button.
  • Windows will now check for available updates. If any updates are available, they will be downloaded automatically and installed once you restart your PC. After installing the updates, check if the problem still appears.
Now check. If you still face the same issue, try system Restore on the day it was working fine.
Shutdown with Command
If still not working, then check for restore points when it was working fine and do the system restore.
  • To do the system restore press Windows key+R then in run box type rstrui and click OK.
  • Click next.
  • Select a possible working date and click Restore.
Now check, If still not working then try command by opening Windows key+R and enter command %SystemRoot%\System32\Shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f
If it works, then some issues are there with the way the user is selecting the Shutdown button. If you want, you can create a shortcut for this.
Intel Management Engine Interface Driver may cause this issue
Some blogs and forums suggest that the Intel Management interface driver may cause this issue and confirm you need to open the device manager. You can do it by right click on Windows icon on the left-hand side bottom and select device manager.
In the device manager, look for System Device and look for Intel Management Engine Interface.
Now right-click on it, and it will pop small box
In this select Driver tab from the top and check the driver version and update it from Intel.com.
Check the power button action
Some users know the only way to Shutdown is pressing the power button so far these users you need to set the power button action settings to Shutdown.
Press Windows key+S, then in the search box enter power settings. Select Power & sleep settings from the menu.

Click Additional power settings in the right pane.
Set When I press the power button to Shut down. Now click on Save changes.
After doing that, your power button will be configured to shut down your PC whenever you press it. Now click Choose what the power button does from the menu on the left.  Then uncheck "Turn on fast startup option" then save settings as in below image:

Additional steps:
  • Try turning off hibernate by using the command: powercfg.exe /hibernate off
  • Try updating BIOS.
  • If nothing works try OSRI

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