13 October 2007

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

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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