Discover a little-known feature of Windows 11—an "emergency restart" option that remains hidden to most users.


Unveiling a lesser-known functionality of Windows 11, there exists an "emergency restart" feature that remains hidden from view, which could prove useful when encountering PC freezes or unresponsive interfaces.

This particular option has been discreetly embedded within the restart mechanism of Microsoft's operating system since the era of Windows Vista. Consequently, it can be found in Windows 10 as well as in previous iterations of Windows.

What does this feature entail? When all seems to have gone awry, the emergency restart function facilitates a system reboot with a cautionary prompt: "Click OK to immediately restart. Any unsaved data will be lost. Use this only as a last resort." Now, one may question the necessity of this option given the ability to reboot the PC using the Start menu's Power button. While the conventional method is typically sufficient, the emergency restart option serves as a fallback measure for scenarios where the interface experiences partial failure due to system freezes or crashed applications hindering the reboot process.

As recently highlighted by BetaNews, a combination of key inputs can activate this hidden feature. By simultaneously pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE and continuing to hold down the CTRL key, users can click on the Power button situated at the bottom-right corner of the screen—a small icon resembling a circle with a line at the 12 o'clock position.

Upon entering the Emergency Restart screen prompted by this action, users will encounter the aforementioned message, allowing them to proceed with the emergency reboot by clicking OK.



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