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How to Restart Windows Without Restarting the Computer

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This article was written about products for which Microsoft no longer offers support. Therefore, this article is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.
NOTE: This article contains information about using Windows in aconfiguration that has not been tested and is not supported by Microsoft.If the steps described in this article do not function properly, do notuse this method.
This article describes how to restart Windows without restarting yourcomputer.
To restart Windows without restarting your computer, follow thesesteps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Shut Down.
  2. Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you click Restart The Computer, and then click Yes.
  3. As soon as the screen clears, release the SHIFT key.
NOTE: If you hold the SHIFT key too long, Windows restarts in Safe mode.

Article ID: 143272 - Last Review: 11/15/2006 16:37:12 - Revision: 1.1

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