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Emergency Restart Windows

How to Perform an Emergency Restart in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

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In some situations you may have to shut down and restart Windows very quickly. This would be an emergency restart. An emergency restart if basically just a forced restart without a timeout. (ex: shutdown.exe -R -T 00 -F)

An emergency restart can be helpful in circumstances when you cannot normally restart your computer, and is much better than turning off the power to your computer by performing a hard restart (reboot) which can be harmful to the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to perform an emergency restart as needed in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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When you perform an emergency restart, Windows will immediately restart without prompting you to save any currently open documents. Any unsaved information is going to be lost. Use this only as a last resort.

Here's How:

1. Press the CTRL+ALT+DELETE keys.

2. When the CTRL+ALT+DELETE screen opens, press and hold the CTRL key, click/tap on the Shut Down power button, and release CTRL. (see screenshots below)

3. When ready, click/tap on OK to immediately restart the PC. (see screenshots below)

That's it,



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