How to Fix runtimebroker.exe Has Initiated The Restart in Windows

Runtimebroker.exe or Runtime Broker is a process managed by Windows Operating system to manage permission need by the system for Microsoft Store applications. Most of time, this process run in the background and does not consume much CUP and RAM resources. Recently, some users have reported of runtimebroker.exe has initiated the restart issue on their PC.

Due to this, they have been facing problems such as very high memory and CPU resource consumption as well as sluggish system performance. Fortunately the issue can be dealt with by using Windows built in troubleshooter, resetting Windows update components, performing clean boot of the system or executing command line tools.

If you are seeing the same error code on your device then you can follow these solution mentioned in the article below to resolve the issue without any hassle.

Resolve Runtime Broker Error Code

There are several solutions to this issue but there is no exact way to tell what is causing the error to be triggered. Hence you will need to follow all these solutions and check which is resolves the issue.

Solution 1: Perform Clean Boot

Bugs and glitches are command with any operating system and Windows in no exception. It is also one of the possible reasons why the error code is getting triggered on your computer system. Luckily you can fix this by performing clean boot on your system and these are the instructions required:

  1. Press Win + R keys simultaneously to open RUN dialogue box.
  2. Type msconfig and press OK button.
  3. Move to Services tab in System Configuration
  4. Check the box beside Hide all Microsoft Services and click Disable All button.
  5. Now go to Startup section and click on Open Task Manager.
  6. Disable all third party application startups from the list one by one.
  7. Close Task Manager and restart your PC normally.
  8. Check if the error code was resolved.
Solution 2: Close Unnecessary Background Applications

Another possible reason for the error code occurrence is discrepancies caused by applications running in the background. To see if this is the case with your system, you need to close all unnecessary apps by following these steps and see if this helps:

  1. Open Task Manager by press Ctrl + Shift + Esc key together.
  2. Move to Process tab.
  3. Find all the unnecessary application from the list.
  4. Right click on them one by one and select End Task option.
  5. See if this helps.

If the issue was resolved then you will need to disable background application from settings app. These are the steps required:

  1. Press Win + I key at the same time to open Settings app.
  2. Go to Apps from left side menu and click on Apps & Features from right side.
  3. Look for those unnecessary applications that were running in the background.
  4. Now click on three dots icon and select Advanced options.
  5. Move to Background apps permission and choose Never from drop down menu.
  6. Repeat the same if you have more than one application.
Solution 3: Run Built In Windows Troubleshooter

Some users on the internet mentioned that their issue was resolved by troubleshooting Windows update. You can also do the same by follow these instructions on how to do so:

  1. Open Settings app from Start menu.
  2. Find Troubleshoot option in System.
  3. Now click on Other Troubleshooters.
  4. Search for Windows Update and click on RUN button beside it.
  5. Follow rest of the steps to complete the procedure.
  6. Once done, reboot your computer system to apply the fixes.
  7. Now see if the issue persists.
Solution 4: Make Changes to Registry Entries

One of the method through which you can get rid of runtimebroker.exe has initiated the restart error code is by making some changes to Registry Entries. Follow these listed steps to do the same:

  1. Launch RUN prompt and type
  2. Press Enter to open Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following directory.
  4. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM \CurrentControlSet \Services \TimeBroker
  5. From right side, double click on Start.
  6. Change the dword from 00000003 to dword: 00000004.
  7. Click OK to save the changes.
  8. Reboot your system to implement these changes.
  9. Check if the error persists.
Solution 5: Reset Windows Update Component by Making BAT file

If none of the solution worked yet then the last option remaining with you is to create a BAT file to reset Windows Update Component. This solution has helped other user to resolve their error and you can do the same by doing following these instructions:

  1. Launch Notepad from Start menu.
  2. Now type or paste these commands.


echo Simple Script to Reset / Clear Windows Update




attrib -h -r -s %windir%system32catroot2

attrib -h -r -s %windir%system32catroot2*.*

net stop wuauserv

net stop CryptSvc

net stop BITS

ren %windir%system32catroot2 catroot2.old

ren %windir%SoftwareDistribution sold.old

ren“%ALLUSERSPROFILE%applicationdataMicrosoftNetworkdownloader” downloader.old

net Start BITS

net start CryptSvc

net start wuauserv


echo Task completed successfully…



  1. Press Ctrl + S keys together to save the file.
  2. Make sure to rename it as WUReset.bat.
  3. Open the location where you saved the file.
  4. Right click on .bat file and select Run as Administrator.
  5. Let the command to be fully executed.
  6. Once finished, check if the error code was fixed.
Solution 6: Execute Command Line Tool

Corrupted or missing system files are another reason why this error code can be triggered. To resolve this problem you can use in built Command Line tools through command prompt window. Follow these steps on how to do so:

  1. Click on Start menu and go to Search bar.
  2. Type cmd and right click on Command Prompt from best match list.
  3. Choose Run as Administrator from drop down menu.
  4. Now type sfc /scannow and press Enter key afterwards.
  5. Wait till the command is fully executed.
  6. Again type exe /Cleanup-Image /Online /RestoreHealth then press Enter.
  7. Once the command is executed, restart your system to apply the changes.

System File Checker (SFC) and DISM command line tools are very complicated for a normal user to execute therefore we recommend you to use Advance System Repair Tool. This tool scans your whole system looking for issues like missing DLLs, misconfigured registries or corrupted system files and repairs them using its mechanized logics and advance algorithms.  



Facing issues like runtimebroker.exe has initiated the restart on your computer system can be quite troublesome. To help you resolve this error code, we have listed all the possible solutions and their instructions in the article above. We hope, this helps you get rid of the issue.