Restart Windows AND restore all currently open Internet Explorer windows upon startup

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, so you know you can configure Windows Explorer to restore all its open windows at their current location if you reboot your system. That’s great. We all use that feature. Pity it doesn’t do it for Internet Explorer…

OK, so I just LOVE to use Sleep mode and Hibernation on my T-60 laptop. Restarting Outlook, Visual Studio and other apps I use daily is just a painful process which wastes a lot of time. So I just put my laptop into Sleep mode when commuting from home to the office and back. When I need to switch drives, like to my MOSS drive, I would just hibernate my DEV drive.

Of course, there are a couple of reasons to have to restart your system such as:

  1. Installing new apps that require a restart.
  2. Installing Windows Updates.
  3. To clear out the “cobwebs”.

It’s really painful when you install a new app or updates and it requires a reboot, right when you have half a dozen IE windows open researching something. Restarting and restoring all your IE windows is just painful. First you have to add all the URLs to your Favorites, then reboot, then fire up several new browsers and directing each to one of the favorites and lastly delete the temporary favorites… phew…

Enter CRestart!

OK, so I was in the process of doing one of these major restart efforts when I thought to myself… I wish I could restore IE windows the same way I do Windows Explorer windows on restart.
After thinking about it for a while, I decided to write CRestart to address this need.

CRestart does its job by saving all the URLs of all your open IE browser windows and then restarting your system. Upon startup, it will automatically open a new browser window for each URL previously saved. 😉

I learned a couple of things in writing CRestart. I will post those lessons in a separate post.

For now, try it out. Remember, NOTHING is guaranteed and I take NO responsibility/liability for any result of usingCRestart.
If you can live with that, download it here. Like it? Hate it? Suggestion? Leave them here.



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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