Full Fix: Your PC will restart several times during updates
“Your PC will restart several times”, if you get this prompt, do not panic!. Windows Report will show you how to troubleshoot this problem.
Some Windows 10 users experienced this problem after downloading and installing Windows updates. When the update is almost complete, the screen shows the familiar Windows circular loading animation with texts shown as “Working on updates 99%; Don’t turn off your PC. This will take a while” below the animation and “Your PC will restart several times” at the bottom of the screen.
However, nothing happens and the PC keeps displaying this message. This problem could be as a result of corrupt directories, malware infection, and incomplete updates. If you are wondering how to fix the “Your PC will restart several times” issue, his guide puts you through 7 applicable solutions for resolving it.
Fix: Your PC will restart several times
- Use Malwarebytes
- Run SFC scan
- Run the DISM
- Run the Windows Update troubleshooter
- Run System Restore in Safe Mode
- Reset the PC
- Roll Back to Windows 8.1/7
- Reset Windows Updates components
Solution 1: Use Malwarebytes
Malwares can infect your PC registry leading to the “your PC will restart several times” error problem. Hence, you need to use MalwarebytesAdwCleaner — a malware removal tool. This program is a free utility that will scan and remove malware from your PC. Here’s how to download, install, and use MalwarebytesAdwCleaner on your Windows PC:
- Download MalwarebytesAdwCleaner.
- Double-click on the downloaded .exe file and follow the prompts to complete installation.
- After installation, right-click on the MalwarebytesAdwCleaner icon, and then select “Run as administrator” to open the program.
- In the MalwarebytesAdwCleaner display, click on the “Scan” button to commence the scanning operation.
- After the completed scan, click on the “Clean” button.
- Now, click “OK” when prompted to reboot your PC to complete cleaning.
Alternatively, you can use other programs such as the Windows built-in antivirus — Windows Defender — Bullguard, Bitdefender, and ZemanaAntiMalware. You can use any of these tools to remove malwares from your PC.
Solution 2: Run SFC scan
Sometimes, your PC will restart several times due to missing or bad system file. Meanwhile, the System File Checker scans for the corrupt or missing files and repairs them. Here’s how to run an SFC scan on your Windows 10 PC:
- Go to Start > type cmd > right-click Command Prompt > select Run as Administrator.
- Now, type the sfc /scannow command.
- Wait for the scanning process to complete and then restart your computer. All corrupted files will be replaced on reboot.
Alternatively, you can use CCleaner to scan, fix, and clean bad system files most especially the corrupted files responsible for the error problem. Here’s how to do this:
- Download CCleaner free version or Download CCleaner Pro version.
- Install and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
- After installation, launch CCleaner, and then click on “Analyze” option.
- After CCleaner has finished scanning, click on “Run Cleaner”. Follow the prompts to enable CCleaner delete the temporary files.
However, if this method does not prevent your PC will restart several times error problem, you may proceed to the next method. You can also use a dedicated tool, such as IOlO System Mechanic to check for system file corruption.
Solution 3: Run the DISM
Just like the SFC scan, DISM (Deployment Image & Servicing Management) is also a tool for dealing with various system errors, although more advanced errors. Therefore, if the SFC scan didn’t get the job done, your chances are better with DISM.
- READ ALSO: Fix: DISM failed on Windows 10
Here’s how to run DISM in Windows:
- Press Windows key + X and run Command Prompt (Admin).
- Copy and paste the following command on the command line:
- In case the DISM can’t obtain files online, try using your installation USB or DVD. Insert media and type following command:
- exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:RepairSourceWindows /LimitAccess
- Be sure to replace ”C:RepairSourceWindows” path of your DVD or USB.
Solution 4: Run the Windows Update troubleshooter
If you’re running a newer version of Windows 10 or the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can definitely use the Windows Update troubleshooting tool. This tool is suitable for fixing several system-related issues most especially Windows Update problems.
Meanwhile, if you’re not sure how to use the new troubleshooter in Windows 10, just follow the instructions below:
- Go to Settings
- Head over to Update & Security > Troubleshoot
- Find Windows Update, and click Run the troubleshooter
- Follow further on-screen instructions
- Restart your computer
Solution 5: Run System Restore in Safe Mode
Safe Mode is a diagnostics mode in Windows which starts your PC in a limited state, with only basic files and drivers running. However, you can perform system restore in safe mode to revert back to a certain restore point before the “Your PC will restart several times” error problem. Here’s how to do this:
- Shut down your PC and turn it on again.
- Navigate to the “Run in Safe Mode” option and hit “Enter”.
- Go to Start > Type “system restore” and then hit “Enter”.
- Follow the prompts to revert back to a certain restore point.
- Wait for the process to complete, and then reboot.
Note: Ensure you are able to identify the restore point date before the error message display. Also, System restore does not affect any of your files, documents, and personal data.
Solution 6: Reset the PC
If your PC will restart several times without booting into Windows afterwards, then you might want to consider resetting your PC. This option is an advanced recovery option which restores your PC to its factory state. Here’s how to reset your Windows 10 PC:
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery
- Select “Reset this PC”
- Choose whether you want to keep or delete your files and apps.
- Click “Reset” to proceed
Solution 7: Roll Back to Windows 8.1/7
Sometimes, recent upgrades from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10 might cause the error problem. Hence, you may consider downgrading your Windows OS back to its previous OS.
- Go to the Update & Security menu.
- Select the Recovery tab.
- Click the button ‘Get started’ under the option ‘Go back to Windows 7/8/8.1’.
- Follow the prompts to finish the downgrade processes.
Note: An intact Windows.old file (stored in C:Windows.old) is the important precondition for the downgrade.
Solution 8: Reset Windows Updates components
Disclaimer: This solution contains steps that are part of modifying the registry. Please note that serious problems may occur if you do this incorrectly. Hence, follow these steps correctly, and carefully.
We highly recommend that you back up the Registry before you modify it. Also, you can restore your PC to a working state in case a problem occurs.
Here’s how to manually reset the Windows Updates Components:
- Right-click Start
- Select Command Prompt (Admin)
- Click Yes when asked for permissions
- Stop the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services by typing the following commands in command prompt (hitEnter after each command you type):
- net stop wuauserv
- net stop cryptSvc
- net stop bits
- net stop msiserver
- Rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder by typing the commands below in the Command Prompt then press Enter after each command you type:
- Ren C:WindowssoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
- Ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.old
- Restart the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services by typing the following commands in Command prompt:
- net stop wuauserv
- net stop cryptSvc
- net stop bits
- net stop msiserver
- Type Exit in the Command Prompt to close it
After trying out the steps above run Windows Updates again and follow the prompts to complete Windows Update process.
However, some Windows users reported getting “Access Denied” prompts when trying the step above. Here’s what to do if your access is denied:
- Log in first as administrator or use administrator user account
- Stop the windows Update service and try to rename SoftwareDistribution folder
- Right click Start
- Select Run
- Type services.msc and press OK or enter
- Scroll down and locate Windows Update service
- Right-click and select Properties
- Stop the service
- Follow the steps again to reset Windows Update Components
After you complete the process, go to “Services” window again, now start Windows Update service, and then restart the computer.
Note: We highly recommend that you check “Give me updates” menu for other Microsoft products when using Windows update option. Windows Updates downloads and installs updates required to run Windows efficiently.
Let us know if any of these solutions helped fix “Your PC will restart several times” problem.
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