How to Reboot a Computer Automatically

by Joshua Duvauchelle

Rebooting a computer allows the operating system to clear its cache, reset default settings and may increase your computer's speed after it has been running for an extended period of time. Individuals may restart their computer manually whenever they experience a delay in using their computer. Additionally, individuals can schedule the Windows and Mac operating system to restart automatically. Learn how to reboot a computer automatically to save time and increase your computer's productivity.

Click the Start menu button in the lower left-hand corner of your Windows screen and select Control Panel. If you're using a Mac, click the Apple menu in the top menu bar and select System Preferences.

Click Scheduled Tasks in the Windows Control Panel. On a Mac, click Energy Saver.

Double-click the Add Scheduled Task option to open the Scheduled Task Wizard in Windows. This wizard will guide you through setting up your first scheduled operating system event. Click Next in the dialog window and click Browse. Navigate to C:\\Windows\System32 and open the Shutdown.exe file. If you're using a Mac, skip to Step 5.

Follow the on-screen prompts as the Scheduled Task Wizard guides you through creating a startup and shutdown schedule (Windows PC). You may need to type your Windows user name and password if your PC is password-protected. In the Properties tab, set the times at which you want the Microsoft Windows operating system to shut down and reboot. Click OK. Windows will now launch the Shutdown utility at the times you set, automatically rebooting your computer.

Click the Schedule button in the lower right-hand corner of the Energy Saver window (Mac). Check the lowest box to activate the option to automatically reboot your Mac computer. Click "Restart" from the drop-down menu. Set a time by clicking the arrows in the dialog box, then click OK. The Mac operating system will now restart your computer at the time you set.


  • check Restart your computer whenever it appears to slow down or become sluggish.

About the Author

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.

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