Cancel a Computer Restart

Cancel a Computer Restart


How to cancel or abort a scheduled restart. This can be a handy trick when you receive a two-minute warning that your computer is going to restart.



  1. Press the Windows Key on your keyboard (or click the windows button on your taskbar).

  2. Type "shutdown /a" and press enter to run the restart abort command.

  3. You're all set. The restart command should now be cancelled.


  1. Option A
    1. Start opening any app during the shutdown process to cancel the restart.
  2. Option B
    1. Open Terminal (open Finder or press Command + Spacebar and type "Terminal" to search for the app).

    2. Type "sudo killall shutdown" to abort the restart.
    3. You're all set. The restart command should now be cancelled.

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