Stop Auto Reopen of Programs after Restart in Windows 10

This short blog shows you how to stop auto reopen of programs after restart in Windows 10.

You realize Windows 10 1709 will reopen all the applications when restart. Windows claims this is a better feature. Personally I do not really like it.

The worst part is there no option to set whether I want to reopen my application after restart or not.

What if I want a clean restart then how can I achieve that?

I checked internet and found this blog:

But the Alt-F4 it does not work for me. Somehow the shutdown.exe /r /t 0 to restart works, reopen.

I found this from Microsoft site.

Again, I have no way to find “Use my sign in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart”.

I was trying to set the DisableAutomaticRestartSignOn but it did not work for me as well.

In short the solution for me is:

shutdown.exe /r /t 0

Microsoft should have a clear way to set this option. Not everyone like to reopen their programs after shutdown or restart.


About chanmingman

Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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