Have Your PC Automatically Restore To A Defined State After Reboot

People usually treat public PCs quite recklessly. Apart from use them for exchanging emails, transferring files, browsing websites, ogling at their social media profiles and streaming YouTube content, many also carelessly install crapware over them and mess up many settings. This not only leaves various traces of their activities and unknown software on the that PC that eventually bogs down its performance, but can also cause issues for other users of the machines. Since the usage of computers placed at public locations is high, it can be quite tedious to maintain them on regular basis. When it comes to such situations, Reboot Restore Rx can be a terrific solution. What this application does is automatically restoring the computer to a custom predefined baseline so that whenever a PC is rebooted, it reverts any changes made to the system during the previous session. This gives users complete control over PCs located at schools, internet cafes, hotels, kiosks etc., while making the task of maintaining them much easier for their administrators. Read More

Reboot From One Windows Installation Directly Into A Secondary One

Even after the final release of Windows 8, a lot of people, including myself, are still reluctant to upgrade to the latest operating system and leave Windows 7 behind. However, one should not form an opinion about anything without actually experiencing it first hand. In order to get a feel of Windows 8 (and because this line of work requires it), I installed Windows 8 as a secondary operating system on my computer. So, whenever it is required, I can now use Windows 8 without having to completely ditch my primary operating system. Since my work requires me to constantly switch between the two operating systems, I have to restart the computer a lot during the day. The biggest annoyance in this regard is that in order to boot into the required operating system, I am forced to sit and wait in front of the computer screen until the boot menu appears. Today, I came across a simple tool called Reboot-To that allows users to reboot directly into a specified operating system without having to wait for the Windows boot menu. You can select the operating system you want to reboot into while you're logged into one, and use the time the computer takes to restart to stretch your legs or get a cup of coffee. Read More

What Is Fast Startup In Windows 8 & How To Disable It

When you shutdown your computer, power from its components, such as CPU, RAM, CD-Rom, and hard disk is removed in a controlled manner. As opposed to plugging the power cable out, or a power outage, during the shutdown process, Windows closes all the open applications one by one and turns off the system in the end. When you boot the computer, it starts in a refreshed state. You can customize your system to a great extent using default options, as well as third party applications. The local group policy editor is one such built-in set of parameters that allows you to control the behavior of your system. Many of these changes require you to restart your system in order to apply them. Windows 8 includes a lot of new features and one of these is Fast Startup. It is a newly introduced setting that enables your computer to start faster than normal by saving system information to a file during shutdown. The system information includes caching the registry, and saving many system files. Since this setting is enabled by default, in this post, we will explain how to disable and enable it, and when is it required to perform a complete reboot. Read More

Reboot An Android Device Easily From Windows System Tray

Not that it’s impossible or even hard for a user to reboot an Android device into recovery mode, bootloader, or for that matter a simple reboot by pressing one or multiple keys on the device, it’s much cooler and convenient to do it right from a PC if the device is connected to it via USB. Well, it has always been possible to do so, you had ADB commands for the geeks who knew what they were doing, and that required you to set up the Android SDK and what not. There are all in one toolkits available for most of your specific devices as well, but why complicate things? RegawMod Rebooter by regaw_leinad over at XDA-Developers is easily the most simple, nonsense free tool you can greet yourself to for handling all your rebooting needs. The tool needs no ADB or anything to work, but USB drivers for your device are needed. So as soon as you download the tiny 1mb file, you’re good to go. Read More

Auto Launcher: Set Multiple Android Apps To Launch Automatically On System Reboot

In March of this year, we covered an Android app called Auto Start, which allowed users to pick one app of choice that they wish to be launched automatically upon system reboot. Although the app worked effectively with said feature, but the option of selecting a max of just one favorite app is something that might’ve left many users yearning for availing the liberty of pushing, say, one or two more additional apps to the auto launch list. If you’re among these users, you’d be glad to know that there’s now an app available in the Google Play Store that lets you select as many apps of choice as you like to be right in front of your eyes each time you reboot your device. Available in the Google Play Store by the name of Auto Launcher, the app saves you from the hassle of manually launching your most frequently required Android apps upon each system reboot. Auto Launcher also brings the option to set custom time interval that you want to set as the delay period before the next app is launched. Last but not the least, it also supports a feature that automatically hides the last launched app after the specified time interval. Read More

Auto-Launch An Android App Of Choice Upon System Reboot via Auto Start

Wouldn’t it be cool if your Facebook, Twitter or even Google+ app launched automatically upon your Android’s system reboot so that you can take a sneak peek into your social world before continuing with the routine mobile usage? Well, as far as the last candidate from the above list is concerned, one can expect Google to serve the favor with, may be, their next OS (presumably Jellybean), but what about the others, in fact, any other app that you want to see right before your eyes each time your Android is rebooted? Well, let’s put all the speculations aside for now, and say hello to Auto Start – a brand new Android app that lets you pick that one favorite app of yours that you want to be automatically initiated upon system/device startup. It could be anything; your social media client, a privacy/protection tool, a screenshot grabber, a file explorer, a task manager, a web browser, the Android Market, an alarm/siren triggering app (handy in a burglary situation), or perhaps, even your favorite game. Yes, the possibilities are endless, and what’s the best part about Auto Start is that it works perfectly fine on rooted as well as non-rooted devices. Read More

Cyber-D’s AutoReboot: Reboot System When Internet Connection Is Lost

Most servers require an internet connection, and some are heavily reliant on a stable internet connection, such as internet hotspots, Kiosk computers and the like. When the drivers of a network adapter crash, or the DHCP may fail to provide an IP address, a computer may require some manual configurations, such as releasing an APIPA, or resetting the network adapter. This can be quite an issue when managing several kiosk (public) computers or servers. Since many systems are present in data centers, which can be located in remote locations or are difficult to move around, it is more convenient to remotely work on them. In order to check network related issues, some network administrators use applications like Ping Plotter to see if a system is online on the network. However, despite being connected to the network, a system can loose internet connectivity. A simple alternative to manual monitoring can be to simply reboot a computer, so that all settings are refreshed, and the system remains connected to the internet. Cyber-D’s AutoReboot is a simple application that allows you to automatically restart a computer when it is no longer connected to the internet, or when the internet connection gets disabled. Read More

Device Reset: Get A Reboot & Reset Menu On Your WP7 [Homebrew]

If you are a Windows Phone 7 user, then you should know that there is just one option to reboot your device, and that is to hold down the power button. If you want a streamlined method of restarting or resetting your device, then you are in luck if you have an unlocked Mango phone. Device Reset is a homebrew app that has been developed in a pretty minimalistic fashion, but it could prove to be a nice addition to your WP7 arsenal. The app provides a pretty easy and convenient way of replicating the functionality of the Power button on your device, without having to mess with any of the actual hardware buttons. This new Homebrew ensures that users get an on-device method for resetting their WP7. Read More

How To Fix WP7’s SMS-Triggered Reboot Bug & Re-Enable Messaging Hub

Despite being the underdog in the smartphone race, there are certain features regarding which users of Windows Phone 7 can boast about when confronted by arrogant Android and iOS us. One such area where WP7 has a clear lead over its competitors, is OS security. While Android is infested with malware, and iOS can be exploited via SSH and other methods, WP7 is completely air-tight, or at least that’s what everyone thought until yesterday. The folks over at WinRumors have discovered a rather dangerous bug in Microsoft’s mobile platform, which reboots the phone and then renders the Messaging hub useless. Details after the break. Read More

Analyze Reboot Delete Removes Potentially Harmful Files On Next Reboot

Analyze Reboot Delete is a application that deletes a file on the next reboot. It is specifically designed to eliminate virus, malware infected files, which may be potentially harmful to your computer. At times, the malware on your PC is protected by some process, making it difficult for you to delete the file manually. This tool offers an effective way of removing such potentially harmful files from your PC during the next reboot. Read More

Prevent Your Ubuntu System From Accidental Shutdown/Reboot

Well, if you are  a command line geek then you  have probably often entered the wrong commands many times, some of which could lead to accidental shutdown/restart. Molly-Guard is a command line script which prevents you from accidentally shutting down or rebooting your Ubuntu system. Read More

Quick Shutdown/Restart Windows With Desktop Shortcuts

Remember the tip we covered last year on speeding the Windows Shutdown process, it was too complicated for novice users and quite risky since it involves editing of registry. If you are an impatient person who can’t wait a minute for the Windows to shutdown properly, then you must be looking for a much easier way.

SuperFast Shutdown is a free tool for Windows that speeds up the Shutdown process, in fact it shuts down your system instantly. Although this tool is not new, the latest release has quite a number of bug fixes and improvements. It makes both Shutdown and Restart shortcuts on Desktop or/and Quick Launch.

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Auto ShutDown Windows At A Specific Date Or Time

Editor’s Notes: Auto shut down is one important feature that Windows OS lack. It would be great if Microsoft adds support for Auto Shutdown in Windows 7. It will surely save the burden of having to use 3rd party tools for such basic function. Do you want to shut down your computer at a specific date or time? If you are a  computer or network administrator, you might sometimes need to shutdown, restart, or log off the system at a specific date or time. Morteins ShutDown is a free tool for Windows OS that lets you shut down, reboot, log off, and power off both local and remote computer at any specific date of time. Those running applications that prevent your system to shut down can also be automatically killed. You can also setup this tool to warn you a few minutes before initiating shut down. Read More

How To Stop Windows 7 From Automatic Reboot And Shutdown

How many times have you seen a driver, system update, or an application restarting or shutting down your computer after installation without even asking for your permission? Automatic restart or shutdown has always annoyed me since the day I started learning to use Windows(that was almost a decade back). Read More