Vista RestartEveryone wants their computer to restart as fast as possible, and I for one am always looking to shave a little time off of that number. As it stands right now my laptop (running Vista) can bootup and become usable in about 45-seconds, but a fraction of that time is spent loading the BIOS.

You can supposedly bypass the reloading of the BIOS during a restart by holding the shift key down. Here’s how you do it:

Windows Vista: Select Start, then hover over the right arrow that is to the right of the padlock icon until the pop-up menu appears that contains “restart” as one of it’s choices. Hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the “restart” choice.

Windows XP: Select Start. Select “Shut Down…”. Change the drop-down combo box under “What do you want the computer to do?” to “Restart”. Hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the “OK” button.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get it to work for me. What this is supposed to do is wipe your memory clear and reload windows, but without loading your BIOS again.

What I would have really liked to see make it into Vista was a feature that Jim Allchin described back in December 2005:

If a part of an application, or the operating system itself, needs to updated, the Installer will call the Restart Manager, which looks to see if it can clear that part of the system so that it can be updated. If it can do that, it does, and that happens without a reboot. If you have to reboot, then what happens is that the system, together with the applications, takes a snapshot of the state: the way things are on the screen at that very moment, and then it just updates and restarts the application, or in the case of an operating system update, it will bring the operating system back exactly where it was.

Now that would be really cool to have! Maybe in the next version of Windows.

If your able to get the Shift+Restart trick above to work be sure to let us know in the comments. I’m guessing that it might somehow depend on your hardware, so it probably won’t work for everyone.

Source: CodeJacked [via Digg & Lifehacker]

There Are 9 Comments

  1. I’m pretty sure that the ‘Shift+Restart’ wouldn’t work for me because I triple-boot my computer, but when I next log in to Windows, I’ll try it.

  2. Well I remember this being in Windows 98 and it was very useful. But I never could get it working in Windows XP. :roll:

  3. Well, that was the fastest restart in history or it didn’t work :D
    I blinked when I clicked OK & there was the desktop on my HP laptop. Never did work in Win 98 for me either.

  4. Seems to be some discussion now that this may be in error.

    Discussion ongoing over at our local area TechBlog site:

    Apparently this is not true. [blogs.chron.com]

    Digg’ers also posting heavy comments that it isn’t working for them.

  5. Ryan,
    did you actually got this to work?
    It doesn’t do anything on my WinXP Pro.

    I’m reading all over digg that this info is completely wrong.

  6. I couldn’t get it to work either, but there was some thought that it doesn’t work on laptops. I mentioned in the article that I couldn’t get it to do anything, but I was hoping that it would work for someone.

  7. In related tips: press Win+Power to shut down your computer. Not all keyboards have a Power key, and I’ve only tested this on my own Windows XP machine.

  8. This was true for W98, not for later versions of windows. Certainly worked back then; saving seconds on a reboot time.

  9. hey u fallows mind one thing when u click on restart with shift it won’t restart the system. Every one who is saying it’s not working mind it if it isn’t working then ur sytem should have to be restarted in normal way cause u had clicked on Restart…

    Works for maximum fellows,actually then don’t know it worked…

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