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So I've come across this strange function in Windows where after a Windows Update and the reboot it tries to restore your session prior to restarting.

This though only works with Microsoft's own applications, namely Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer and Visual Studio. I didn't see it yet happening with other applications (I'll have to see with Office). Internet Explorer restores all tabs that were present before the forced Windows Update shutdown and Explorer opens all the folders again (like back in Windows 98 where it did this on every restart)

My question is: What causes it? Can other programs salvage this functionality too? If yes: How?

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IIRC, these are built into the applications on a per-application basis. – Breakthrough Jun 30 '11 at 16:07
Hmm, sure of that? – sinni800 Jul 8 '11 at 16:25
Hold on, do you mean the application restores your session when you manually start it, or the application is started automatically and your session is restored? – Breakthrough Jul 8 '11 at 16:37
Automatically after for example a Windows Update is applied. Windows tries to sneak that by you if you leave your computer for a while. It automatically restarts your computer and attempts to restore the session how it was before. It did the restarting. Not all programs work with this mechanic though. So some will restart exactly the way they were and some will not restart at all. – sinni800 Jul 10 '11 at 23:20
I want to know how to prevent this behavior. Particularly Visual Studio. Because I develop using IIS, I run VS elevated. When VS autostarts after Windows Update, however, it starts non-elevated. This can screw up my solution files. So how can this be disabled??? – Ross Presser Dec 12 '13 at 15:47

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