2
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3answers
63 views

Windows 7 only shows blank screen with wallpaper

I'm using Windows 7 Professional. After updating Windows, I tried to restart the system. When I clicked Restart, it alerted me that "There is one program to close. If you want to close it click Cancel ...
3
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1answer
30 views

How to get the status of 'need to be restarted' of Windows 7?

I need to get the status of the below restart-wanted icon as in the snapshot from command-line; so that I can make Windows 7 keep restarted until no such restart requirement still exists. How can I ...
0
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1answer
28 views

Restart CDROM service under Windows 7 x64

My laptop DELL XPS M1330 has CDROM drive (MATSHITADVD+-RW UJ-857G), unfortunately this drive sometimes is not responsive when I load CD. Loading and unloading CDs don't help. In that case I just ...
0
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1answer
54 views

How to keep Windows 7 restarting the PC until no `restart requirement` is required?

I cannot get new updates via Windows Update because the OS requires to restart - to finish previous/current installing stuff I guess. The restart requirement is as below snapshot. How can I make my ...
0
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2answers
53 views

Why Windows needs restart every time it updates when Linux don't?

Even if a smallest update of one package or security patch makes Windows need another re-start. Why ? If an anti-virus don't need it after patch update, why Windows need it after updating Secutiry ...
0
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1answer
28 views

acer aspire notebook restarting frequently

Once I forcefully shut down my acer notebook several times (this happened when I tried to connect my computer to my LED tv via HDMI cable. At that time my computer was not responding). Later I tried ...
0
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2answers
147 views

My windows 7 computer keeps restarting it self no matter what i do

My computer keeps restarting when it is idle for a while but, i am able to trigger a restart when i start up a game or when i use vlc media player. I checked the event viewer and i got a critical ...
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0answers
93 views

Lenovo G570 restarts randomly

My Lenovo G570 began to randomly restart once or twice a day about two weeks ago. It stopped for a few days and then started doing it again. I don't get a BSoD, it just restarts and gives me the ...
3
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3answers
2k views

Restart my graphics card without rebooting?

Wondered if it is possible to use DevCon to restart a display device as a stop-gap solution to artifacts left over from a graphics card malfunction? In particular it leaves my cursor very ...
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2answers
228 views

Auto close and restart a program [closed]

I am looking for a way to automate the opening and closing of a program based on a timer. What I am looking for would look like this: Open program Run program for 5 minutes Close program Do the ...
2
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7answers
2k views

Computer randomly restarting: motherboard or processor?

My computer randomly restarts. Is it more likely my motherboard or processor? So, I know which one to return or replace first. Windows 7 SP1 64-bit Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 CPU: Intel i7 ...
0
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2answers
151 views

Restart windows service on LAN machine

I got administrative rights on the target machine, all the credentials, fully trusted network without firewall and antivirus software. I got windows 8 on the target machine and windows 7 on calling ...
0
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3answers
258 views

What's the quickest/easiest way to determine the last time a computer has been restarted? [duplicate]

From the command line, how do I find when the last time a Windows 7 computer has been restarted?
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1answer
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My PC doesn't restart properly

When I try to restart my PC (W7 Home Premium), it will close down Windows and save the settings, but after this when the screen goes dark like normally at a shutdown/reboot, it stays dark and the ...
4
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1answer
83 views

Windows 7: disable all restarts by microsoft and 3rd party updates

Is there a way of globally preventing automatic restarts from all updates, e.g. Microsoft updates, Flash, Adobe PDF, AVG, and any others that decide to be a nuisance? I need my computer to be on ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

Remote restart computer using command line

I want to remote restart a computer with the administrator account user and password provided. Can this be done from command line ? like so : shutdown \m pcName \r If not can you please provide a ...
2
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0answers
238 views

Shutting down a Windows 7 machine sometimes restarts it instead

The machine in question is running Windows 7 (64 Bit) on a Core i5 with 8 GB of RAM with all Windows Updates applied. Not that the specs should make a difference. Shutting down this machine from the ...
3
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1answer
760 views

How can I show a confirmation if a Shutdown/Restart command was not issued from an actual user?

Is there a way to have a confirmation dialog whenever a shutdown or restart command is not issued by the physical person sitting behind the keyboard? In other words, whenever a shutdown or restart is ...
2
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1answer
130 views

Would I notice any difference from restart Windows via cmd and restart via Windows GUI?

I remote desktop my server computer a lot and I often use cmd to restart or shutdown the computer when it's needed. When in remote desktop you aren't allowed the option to restart unless you press Alt ...
2
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1answer
365 views

Remotely shutting down Windows 7 causes restart using RDC

I connect to a desktop machine on my LAN using RDC and use shutdown.exe -f to force a shutdown. For some reason, the machine almost always restarts instead. I have also tried shutdown.exe - s but with ...
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3answers
116 views

User's computers going dark after about 30 minutes

Ok, so I have a user who we've just deployed a machine for. He can work for about 30 minutes, and then his screens just go blank. Like, nothing from the computer registers. No freezing, no blue ...
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4answers
2k views

How to set CHKDSK for drive C: in Windows 7

I recently got a 0xc000007b error whenever I tried to run some application software. I found that CHKDSK for C drive might be a solution. When I tried to do it from C drive properties, it said the ...
2
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3answers
648 views

How to turn off automatically restart in Windows 7

When there is a memory problem, the computer may restart automatically instead of showing the blue screen. To avoid this on XP, I used to do the following: Right click on "My Computer". Open ...
0
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0answers
133 views

Restart from computer freezing reveals last working files filled with Nulls

My Windows 7 locked up while I was on hacking some code on Notepad++ and after forcing a restart, I find the files I was working on last to be filled entirely with nulls. I'm pretty sure this file ...
1
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1answer
194 views

Windows 7 failing HDD (restarting repeatedly)

For the past week, my machine with Windows 7 x64 on it is restarting when I am doing something worth, for eg. writing a program for assignments or playing a game. I am still able to watch ...
4
votes
3answers
354 views

How to automatically call sequences of 1) windows update and 2) restart until no new update found?

I found on our site this solution but that is not fully automatically - i.e. I call 1) Windows Updates, then 2) Restart, then 3) Log in, then do the boring loop 1-2-3 again and again manually. I seek ...
1
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0answers
1k views

Is it normal for scheduled task behaviour to differ from running the batch file manually?

I have a windows service that I need to stop and start every 30 minutes using a Windows Scheduled Task. The service itself can be manually stopped via the Services management console (right-click -> ...
3
votes
3answers
8k views

in windows 7, during startup, why do my icons go blank and then reappear

This morning I had to restart my windows 7 computer due to a security patch. As it was restarting, all the icons on the desktop appeared, then turned white and then the original images started ...
1
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1answer
82 views

Is there some way to prevent any and all restarts? Not just from Windows Update?

I am running a critical research program on a Windows 7 PC that needs to run uninterrupted for several months. I have had to re-initialize the entire experiment several time due to unexpected restart. ...
2
votes
1answer
967 views

Computer restarts itself when I'm playing certain games

I have been having this problem the past 2 days, and I still am at a loss. I have not changed anything hardware-side in my computer, so I don't think it's got to do with a crappy CPU or RAM or ...
0
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1answer
126 views

Is it possible to set Windows 7 to download updates now, but install them on the next shutdown?

Since I really don't like being reminded of an update that requires a reboot1, is it possible to have manual updates install when shutting down the next time? Automatic updating does this, but it's ...
0
votes
1answer
594 views

Computer automatically shuts down after a period of idling

My computer running Windows 7 suddenly starts behaving very strangely. If I leave it idled for a while, it automatically logs off and restarts. After that, it may or may not restart successfully. What ...
2
votes
1answer
492 views

Restart explorer.exe in Windows 7 while keeping all icons in the system tray?

Sometimes when you are prompted to restart the computer (or log off), you can get away with just restarting the explorer process. I'm sure you know what i'm talking about. The problem is, that when ...
2
votes
2answers
922 views

Computer stuck in reboot loop after unplugging power cord

My computer was in sleep mode when I unplugged the power cord from it to work on another machine. But after plugging it back in, it got stuck on a black screen (with prompt) while booting. I reset it ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How to auto login after Windows Update restart?

After my Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 finished updating (windows update) during the night it restarts. I want it to auto login to my (admin) account after it restarts, but only auto login after a windows ...
4
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4answers
2k views

Make Windows 7 shutdown/restart more graceful

After a few days it inevitably comes round that I need to restart my machine. (Gut feeling that things would be better after a reboot or just plain old Windows update). There's a screen that pops up ...
4
votes
3answers
4k views

Restart PC via remote desktop with Explorer.exe dead

I have a very unusual situation in which I am remote desktoping to my Windows 7 PC from my laptop. The Explorer.exe process has been killed so therefore the Start menu etc isn't available. So there ...
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2answers
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Why would my computer automatically restart after “shutdown” and “sleep”?

After my "firmware lost the hibernation information of my Windows 7 computer" I have fixed everything except the problem that the computer now will not shut off. If I choose "shut down", it shuts ...
3
votes
4answers
5k views

Windows 7 won't restart properly

Restarting my computer via Windows 7 will turn off windows and the screen will go black and remain black. Whenever I restart and I get to the black screen, I have to force shutdown or force restart ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I get Outlook to restore previously-open message windows when restarting?

So Outlook crashed on me yesterday... ...Ok, so that's not terribly interesting. But what happened next was: there was a "Restart" option on the resulting crash dialog. When I clicked it, Outlook ...
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5answers
8k views

Disable Auto-Restart Prompt after Windows Update (in Windows Vista/7)

I've mastered how to disable/delay the Automatic Restart prompt after Windows Update deems it necessary to restart my computer in XP. But, now I'm using both Windows 7 and Vista and that method no ...
3
votes
3answers
4k views

Windows 7 restarts while being idle

My Windows 7 almost always restarts when I keep it idle for ~20-30mins. It happened randomly before, but lately, if I leave the computer I can be sure it's gonna restart after those 30mins. It never ...
19
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6answers
29k views

How to shut down the computer without the update on Windows 7?

Sometimes when my Win 7 machine has programs that crashed, maybe Firefox, or IE, I would like to shut down the computer without installing any Windows update. That's because I worry that if IE or ...
0
votes
4answers
3k views

Black screen after Windows startup

OK, here is a problem I've been struggling with all day. My computer was working fine until I recently unplugged one of the monitor cables to use for another computer. After I plugged it back, ever ...