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A New Way to Restart

A New Way to Restart

Did you know that a modern PC with Windows Vista Home Edition takes about one and a half minutes to boot up? An older machine with Windows XP is about the same. That’s 30 seconds for the PC itself (the BIOS) to start up, plus one minute for the Windows operating system to begin. Of course, there are times when you need to reboot Windows (for example, when installing new software), but there’s really no need to restart the BIOS too.

However, your computer’s default is probably set to reboot both. That’s called doing a “cold boot,” rather than a “warm boot.” But luckily, there’s a trick that works on both XP and Vista to get it to do a warm boot instead, which will save you 30 seconds per cycle. Want to know how? Then keep reading!

The trick is to hold down the Shift key when invoking the restart.

Windows Vista

Go to Start and then hover over the right arrow located to the right of the padlock icon until a pop up menu appears that contains Restart as one of the choices. Then hold down the Shift key while clicking on the Restart option.

Windows XP

Go to Start and select Shut Down. Then change the drop down combo box under “What do you want the computer to do?” to Restart. Again, hold down the Shift key while clicking on the OK button.

I hope this one makes your life just a little bit easier when it comes to restarting your computer!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami