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Windows 7: Restart Computer Shortcut - Create



Restart Computer Shortcut - Create

How to Create a "Restart Computer" Shortcut in Windows
Published by Brink
05 Feb 2010
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How to Create a "Restart Computer" Shortcut in Windows

information   Information
This will show you how to create or download a Restart computer shortcut with or without a time-out delay and custom restart message before the computer restarts.

Note   Note
The time-out period can also be for how many seconds you have to use the Abort shortcut to abort the computer from restarting after using this Restart Computer shortcut.


EXAMPLE: Restart Computer Time-Out Period Message
NOTE: This is with a 30 second time-out period. If you would like to have a custom restart message instead of the default message in the dialog box below, then you can use step 3 in OPTION TWO below to do so.
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OPTION ONE
To Download a "Restart Computer" Shortcut
1. For a Instant Restart Computer Shortcut
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Instant_Restart_Computer.zip
download
2. For a Restart Computer Shortcut with a 30 Second Time-Out Period
NOTE: If you would like to use a different amount of time delay, then see OPTION TWO below for how.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
30-second_Restart_Computer.zip
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

4. Open the .zip file and extract the Restart Computer shortcut to the desktop.

5. Right click on the Restart Computer shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
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6. Go to step 6 in OPTION TWO below to add the icon you would like to use.

7. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a Custom "Restart Computer" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. For a Instant Restart Computer Shortcut
A) Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
shutdown.exe -r -t 00 -f
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B) Go to step 4.
3. For a Restart Computer Shortcut with a Specified Time Delay and Message
A) Type the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot above)
Note   Note
Subsitute ## in the command below with a number between 0-315360000 for how many seconds you want the time-out period to be before the computer restarts.

Subsitute Your message here in the command below with a restart message up to 512 characters within quotes that you would like to see in the pop-up dialog when using the restart shortcut. The message will only be seen for however long you set the time delay to be.




shutdown.exe -r -t ## -f -c "Your message here"

FOR EXAMPLE: I would type this below exactly to have a 30 second time delay with a Don't forget to quickly save everything message.

shutdown.exe -r -t 30 -f -c "Don't forget to quickly save everything"
4. Type Restart Computer for the name, and click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
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5. Right click on the new Restart Computer shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

6. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
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7. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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8. To Download a Custom Icon to Use
A) Click on the Download button below to download a custom Restart.ico file in a ZIP file, and save it to your desktop.
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B) Open the downloaded ZIP file, extract (drag and drop) the Restart.ico file to your desktop.

C) Right click on the Restart.ico file, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on.

D) Save the Restart.ico file to where you like to store it at on your Windows drive for use as the shortcut's icon.
NOTE: The icon will need to remain saved at the same location for the icon to continue to display on the shortcut.

E) Go to step 10 to select this Restart.ico file at the location you saved it at.
9. To Use Your Own Custom Icon
A) In the line under "Look for icons in this file", click on Browse and navigate to the location of the 256x256 pixel icon you want to use. (See screenshot below)
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10. Select the icon and click on OK. (See screenshot above)

11. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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12. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn






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11 Feb 2010   #1
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

I've been looking for shutdown and restart shortcuts to go on my taskbar.
Yet another great tutorial!
Thanks Shawn!!


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11 Feb 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Dom.
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11 Feb 2010   #3
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Just noticed your 1 gold pip! At this rate you'll get all the medals in no time!
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27 Nov 2011   #4
JennB213

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thank YOU so much Shawn ~!!


I was actually searching for how to change a DRIVE icon
when I ran across this FANTASTIC POST.

I snagged this shortcut right up.

I have this shortcut on my Windows XP and it has
helped me when my computer was locked up.

I could get to the shortcut via the Task Manager
and reboot so I'm really thrilled to have it again.

Again, Thanks so much for all the help you give us.

Jenn
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28 Nov 2011   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Jenn.
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15 Sep 2012   #6
WilliamNJ

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I've used shutdown.exe in both Windows XP and Windows 7 32-bit, but I now have a laptop machine (Dell 3750) that runs under Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. When I use shutdown.exe -r to reboot the computer, the power-on password text window shows up but the internal keyboard is not recognized. I have to shut the power off and restart.

An external keyboard is recognized, so Dell theorized that the problem was with the internal keyboard and they replaced it. No difference.

The technician thought to suggest that I try rebooting via the Start button option. To my surprise, the internal keyboard was recognized.

I've tried both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of shutdown.exe in the laptop machine, but both produce the same problem. Apparently something else goes on in the reboot process when it's activated via the Start key option. Can anyone suggest how to create a shortcut to that?

Thank you.
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