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Windows 7: Questions in reguards to "Restarts"

27 Nov 2008   #1

Windows7/Vista Home Premium
Questions in reguards to "Restarts"

After looking thru the forum I felt my post wanted to be more of a security issue.
I would like to ask these questions in regards to "Restarts" after a windows update.

After some updates are installed, our machines sometimes require a restart.
What would be the recommended procedure for restarts after updates, if any ?

The windows installer program asks if you want to "Restart Now" or later.
Do you postpone the suggested restart or use this installers "Restart Now" button ?

If you choose to restart later, do you use the update installer program to initiate
the restart or do you use the - Start buttons; Log off, restart or shut down ?
What is the best practices to follow when shutting down pertaining to updates ?

My reason for asking is based on the many times I have been told that;
"A Restart is not the same as a Shutdown and then do a Restart".
"It's all about the power button" I am told. When they say, "Restart",
dose this mean, "Turn it off" and "Hit the power button" to turn it back on?

As I search for ways to improve the dependability of my pc regarding the "On" button,
I cant help but think that if there is a recommended procedure and not being followed,
how it could/can effect the "Start-up" & "Boot-time" of the users pc for evermore.

Also; At present I am currently running one operating system on the drive.
Soon to change, I seek knowledge for any recommended "Update Restart" procedures
for a; "Multiple Operating systems" on a single drive situation.

I do hope any content added to this thread be of valve to many.
Thank you and reminding all - I am, the Novice Boy.


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27 Nov 2008   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Hi Paul'y, welcome to the Windows 7 Forums

As for when to perform the reboot when requested by windows, or any other update, it really depends on how urgent the update is - If it's a security/av update I tend to close down anything I'm working on and let the updater reboot the system. for non urgent updates I reboot when it's convenient.

There certain technical differences between a cold and warm start, (reboot), of the system at the hardware level but not as far as the OS is concerned AFAIK so either method you mention would be OK.

As for a mult-boot scenario, I triple boot on my main system and if the OS I'm in asks for a reboot I always try to reboot into that OS during the reboot so that if a non "default" OS needs a reboot then I would try to select that OS during the reboot cycle although if as sometimes does happen I miss time the keypresses and the the default OS boots this has never caused any problems.

Hope this helps
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27 Nov 2008   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/ Windows Vista Ultimate x64

I usually don't reboot right away after installing updates cause I'm usually busy working on something.
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27 Nov 2008   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again Paul'y.

I'm currently dual booting Vista and Windows 7; the other day I went into Vista and found that several "Important" (core type) updates were available. I always restart after updates are finished; but I didn't pay attention when the system started back up and let it boot into 7 instead of Vista. Boy did that cause problems.......I ended up having to do a system restore in Vista to get out of it; then I had to re-install the updates. Seeing that you're new to all this like me; the one piece of advice I would give is; pay attention to what you're doing all the time.

Having said all that to say this; use the restart option in the start menu only. Close all the prog/apps you have open first. Until you get more used to how these things work; don't use the power button.

There's all the help you need here at Seven Forums!

Later Ted
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28 Nov 2008   #5

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
use the restart option in the start menu only. Close all the prog/apps you have open first.... don't use the power button.
I've seen numerous warnings in Vista during these restarts to not shutdown.

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28 Nov 2008   #6


As others have mentioned, you can restart at your leisure. Restarting is tantamount to shutting down as far as Windows Updates are concerned. Again as others have suggested, close any open apps before you restart.

You really only need to Shutdown when you switch your PC off and it's a bad practice to use the physical power button to do it. The power button is primarily used for Turning the PC on, turning it off if the PC has frozen or putting it into hibernation mode (depending on your particular PC)
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27 Jan 2010   #7

windows 7
genuin copy of windows 7

why is it all ov a sudden after my useing a genuine copy of windows 7 since its been out its say that its not a genuine copy please help me thank you beka
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