Windows Vista: The End of Reboot?

Could new technology really eliminate all that ridiculous restarting?

Nothing works with quite the same idiosyncrasies as a PC running Windows. Example Number 9,786,432: The Reboot, that ridiculous and time consuming element that is at the heart of keeping the OS up to date. But has Microsoft finally cracked it?


No. Sorry to tease and titillate, but MS Co-Pres of Platform Products Jim Allchin did it to us and – in the tradition of middle siblings passing down their beatings from older siblings to younger ones – I felt inclined to do it to you. What we do have however (in true Microsoft fashion) is a half way measure.

‘Restart Manager’ is its name and while it doesn’t eliminate the dreaded reboot it does remove the need to restart all your work. To quote ‘Taunting Jim’ (as he shall now be known for a long, yet unspecified period of time):

“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.”

Goodoh, but do you trust the integrity of the Word document you slaved over for an unsavoury number of hours to Restart Manager or do you think hitting ‘save‘ and closing it down manually might still be the best option until this app has had at least six patches applied to it? I thought so. And while I’m all for making the updating process less painful, it seems to me that the Google haunted company is fannying around with the tail and dodging the horns.

New Plan: Fix the shortcomings that force the OS to reboot in the first place, don’t spend time making the reboot process less painful. ”Capeesh?”

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