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    Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    There is a neat little utility that puts two icons on your desktop.

    1.Superfast Restart

    2.Superfast Shutdown

    It really does cut down on these times to reboot or shutdown your system.

    It's Freeware and you can get it at: Waresoft Superfast
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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    Bob

    The disclaimer worries me a bit:

    Warning: Superfast Shutdown is extremely powerful! Use at your own risk! Although it has never been reported, regular usage could possibly cause disk corruption.

    It is also significant short on detail about what it does to achieve these speeds...

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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    John,

    Yes, I saw that too but I have used it for some time now and cannot attribute any problems related to it.

    Just HOW it does it? I would assume that it removes some or all of the wait times for various programs to shut down, including Windows? I think it would give some trouble if you just saved a large file and then immediately hit shutdown, then it might not give enough time to write the complete file to disk. I am patient enough to allow for that kind of time to elapse before hurrying to shut it down or reboot.
    The old saw: "works for me" applies to me and probably most others.
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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    I'd be careful of any software like this. Yes, it may save you a few seconds but is it really worth it IF you get something corrupted and have to spend hours or days trying to fix the problem? And people using XP don't reboot very often anyway.

    Likely, this software works by doing the software equivalent of pushing the power off button. Your various settings may not get saved, Windows may not setup a last good environment in case you have a problem restarting and if you are using write caching on your disks (data not necessarily written to the hard disk WHEN you save it), you may lose something important or corrupt the disk.

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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

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    And people using XP don't reboot very often anyway.

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    Are you kidding? I don't think that you install much new software or even keep your MS hotfixes updated much. The little windows that comes up saying you have to reboot after new installs or even UNinstalls comes up much to often for my taste. Fine, if you just take the system out of the box and never dare to make changes or try new software. That sure doesn't describe me, that's for sure.

    Software equivalent of pushing the power off button? Not even close.
    I suggested a way to shut down or reboot faster. That it does and "it does work for me".
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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    Let's not make unwarrented assumptions, please. As for not rebooting XP, that is not the same thing as not NEEDING to reboot. XP is rock solid and I've had to reinstall it once on my nearly new laptop because it rolled over and died. Even at work, I reboot my machine daily and sometimes more often. The need to reboot tends to go along with the way you use your machine, and I'm a developer, so I abuse mine.
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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    I've used Windows since 3.1 days and I've used every version of Windows since then. I generally install at least 2 or 3 new pieces of software (usually freeware) weekly. I'm not a developer though. While Win9X and below required rebooting daily, if not hourly and Win2K every few days, WinXp is pretty stable. It's still a poorly designed junk OS though. That being said, I have gone as long as 35 days without rebooting WinXP, though I typically will find a reason to reboot every week or two (when I'm not messing with the registry or playing around with the OS settings).

    btw: I don't think you needed to delete any of the posts that have been done here so far. I probably would not have replied to Bob's last post since I've already made my point and am not interested in getting into a flame war.

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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    Suffice it to say, we don't have flame wars here in The Lounge!

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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    I'm not sure what the equivalent for XP might be, but some similar sounding 9x utilities would simply bypass notifying a process with a close (send WM_CLOSE) message, and kill the process outright. Others effectively do the same thing, sending a "forced" SHExitWindowsEx command to the O/S. It is a pity though, that the author didn't at least document the method used to achieve this.

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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    I've used his XP Smoker since it first came out and am a member of his forum (inactive for over a year). I've helped the author, Dan Wareham, with some issues over the years and have emailed him asking for a response to the questions raised in this thread. I will post any response I receive.
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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    And the response, verbatim .....

    Doc,

    Superfast Shutdown can possibly cause disk corruption in theory. If a person has an older slower drive and/or computer, the disk cache may not get written correctly to the hard drive. This could cause corruption, however if you are using the NTFS filesystem, it can usually recover itself gracefully if something like that happens. I wouldn't recommend using it on any system that isn't using NTFS.

    Superfast Shutdown, should be used sparingly, I would not use it as a regular method for shutting down my computer. I would use it in events where seconds count, such as spilling a drink on your keyboard, a lighting storm, etc.
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    Re: Superfast Reboot or shutdown

    Amen to this somewhat shortened thread. <img src=/S/angel.gif border=0 alt=angel width=15 height=21>
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