Does Win7 have a Soft-Restart Function the way 98/XP did?

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  1. Mr Walnuts

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    As I'm sure many of you already know, older Windows versions 95/98/XP had a way of soft-rebooting Windows; it essentially allowed you to reboot the system without actually turning the machine off.

    In the older versions, I believe you just held the shift button down after clicking Restart until it rebooted back to desktop without turning the mechanical parts off completely.

    Does Win7 have a function like this?

    Or does there exist at least some kind of workaround for all the reboots required during software install/Uninstall?
     
  2. patcooke

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    There are the standard forms of shutdown, restart and log off, all of which simply call a system program called shutdown with various parameters as listed here:

    C:\Windows\system32> shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e | /o] [/hybrid] [/f]

    [/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c "comment"]]

    No args Display help. This is the same as typing /?.
    /? Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
    /i Display the graphical user interface (GUI).
    This must be the first option.
    /l Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
    /s Shutdown the computer.
    /r Full shutdown and restart the computer.
    /g Full shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is
    rebooted, restart any registered applications.
    /a Abort a system shutdown.
    This can only be used during the time-out period.
    /p Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
    Can be used with /d and /f options.
    /h Hibernate the local computer.
    Can be used with the /f option.
    /hybrid Performs a shutdown of the computer and prepares it for fast star
    tup.
    Must be used with /s option.
    /e Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer.
    /o Go to the advanced boot options menu and restart the computer.
    Must be used with /r option.
    /m \\computer Specify the target computer.
    /t xxx Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
    The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a default of 30.
    If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is
    implied.
    /c "comment" Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.
    Maximum of 512 characters allowed.
    /f Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
    The /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is
    specified for the /t parameter.
    /d [p|u:]xx:yy Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown.
    p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned.
    u indicates that the reason is user defined.
    If neither p nor u is specified the restart or shutdown is
    unplanned.
    xx is the major reason number (positive integer less than 256).
    yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less than 65536).

    Not sure what you mean by a "work around for all the reboots required during software install/uninstall." Software installation, for all but the most trivial of programs involves processes such as registry updates, registration of dll's (dynamic link library components) and so on which are essential to the execution of a program and which are only available to the program after initialisation during the boot process. The installed program cannot execute until after a reboot which makes these components available so a "work around" is just not an option, the reboot is an essential prerequisite.
     
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  3. Mr Walnuts

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    Thank you...

    and Great Answer.
     

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