Okay, get this! How would you like to have a shortcut right on your desktop that allows you to instantly restart your computer? That’s right, with just a double click, you could do a quick reboot, without all the extra hassle. Awhile back, I ran a tip for a shutdown shortcut and ever since, you all have been begging for the restart instructions. Well, wait no more. Here they are!
In Windows XP, right click on your desktop and go to New, Shortcut. In the wizard box for “Type the location of the item,” enter this in: %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -r. (It may be best to copy and paste this into the box to make sure you have it correct). Click Next when you’re done. Now, in the box that says “Type a name for this shortcut,” enter in whatever you’d like. For example, you can name it “Restart My Computer” or just simply, “Restart.” Click Finish to complete the process.
You will then see a new icon on your desktop and you can test it out by double clicking it. Your computer will restart for you, just like it would if you went to Start, Restart. Now, just in case you were wondering, the -r in the code above is used for the restart parameter. If you wanted to shut down your computer, you would use -s, which you can see from the tip linked above. Restarting your computer has never been so easy. Give it a shot!