We’ve all had the terrifying experience of having a computer shut down on us while we’re struggling through a workload. One moment you’re typing through a report and the next, you’re staring down a low battery symbol. Well, Microsoft has invented a solution to that problem in the form of restartable applications, a feature that starts the apps you had open at shutdown when you boot up your machine.
Kind of. What restartable apps actually does is start those apps up. What it does not do is put them back where you left them, which makes it kind of useless. On top of that, it prevents Windows from doing some of the more important things that would normally happen during a reboot, such as dumping memory. Unless you find yourself leaving lots of unfinished work open when you shut down Windows, there’s no reason to leave this setting turned on, as it prevents your computer from doing a true reboot.
“Restartable apps” is unintuitively hidden under Accounts in the Settings app. From there, navigate to “Sign-in options,” where you’ll find a toggle next to “Automatically save my restartable apps and restart them when I sign back in.” Go ahead and flip that off.
There are many more small tweaks and fixes that can be made to improve your experience across Windows 11, along with plenty of third-party solutions. But what we’ve covered here is a good starting point that should make your brand-spanking new operating system feel like the upgrade it’s supposed to be.