April 20, 2004

Restart Windows without Restarting your Computer

Choosing Shut Down from the Start Menu gives you several choices, including restarting your computer. However, to restart Windows without restarting your computer, saving time and aggravation, follow this step:
One time:

  • Hold down the Shift key while pressing OK in the Shut Down box.

To make an icon on your desktop:

  • Using a text editor (such as Notepad), type the following by itself: @EXIT
  • Save the file somewhere on your hard disk - call it whatever you like, as long as it has the extension .bat.
  • Make a shortcut to the batch file, and place it on your desktop (or wherever you want).
  • Right-click on the shortcut, select Properties, click the Program tab, and make sure the Close on Exit option is turned on.
  • Then, click Advanced, and make sure MS-DOS mode is selected, and Warn before entering MS-DOS mode is turned off.
  • Click Ok twice, and double-click on the icon to use it.  

    If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact me by Email or by phone.


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