3 Possible Reasons for Windows 8.1 Random Restart & How to Fix It

Posted by Britt Duncan - September 16, 2014

Since Windows 8.1 release update, various problems come along. Random restart on Windows 8 operation is one of them. This can be irritating for that it prevent users from doing anything on the computer. There are reasons for that, like out-of-date drive, failing Windows update or corrupted system files and more. In this post, three common causes of sudden restart in the windows 8.1 are examined one by one. Recommended fix steps are also provided. Please read on.


tipscheck for drive update

1. Tap Win + X keys to display Power User Menu and select Device Manager from the list.


2. After the Device Manager opens up, right-click a device from the top list and choose Update Driver Software… .


3. Windows will ask you How do you want to search for drive software. Click Search automatically for updated driver software to search for it online


Once it finds any available drive on the web, it will automatically update for you. Repeat this process for every device on the list. Once you finish the update process, reboot the computer to check whether the problem persists. If so, proceed the troubleshooting below.



tipsUndo recent Windows update

It can be the conflict between the new Windows update and current system settings that result in random reboot of your machine. In that situation, you need to insert a Windows 8.1 Recovery Disk.


1. Restart the computer, click Next and then Repair your computer.


2. Select Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Command Prompt.


3. After the Command Prompt opens up, type dism.exe /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions and press Enter.

tips Clear Corrupted Windows System Files

Chances are that some system files are damaged by accident which you are not aware of. It will be daunting if we try to search for and fix those potential corrupted files manually. So, it will be better to rely on auto fix of Windows.

1. Again, tap the combination of Win + X keys to show User Power Menu. This time, select Command Prompt (Admin) to enter open Command Prompt with Administration permission.


2. In Command Prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter. This command line require system to scan and fix any detected corrupted files. Stand by and let it do the legwork.


Another common cause is malware attack, like hazardous Trojans, which can change and delete vital system settings and files and lead to system malfunction. A free tool is available to download. You can use it to perform a thorough scan and remove detected malware if there are any to fix system random restart issue.

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