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How To Perform a Windows Quick Reboot

No operating system is truly 100% stable. However, with routine maintenance, you should achieve moderate stability. Nevertheless, some programs may freeze now and then, and depending upon the error, one may have to reboot their system. Rebooting can take time, especially if your system is slow or if you have many programs that load automatically. You may be able to avoid rebooting by logging out and then re-logging back into Windows. When you do this, Windows will reload the registry and a few system files. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to quickly log out and then re-log back into Windows.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then locate the Log Off icon at the bottom of the Start Menu and Click on it.
  3. This Log Off icon will contain the name assigned to your system when Windows was installed.
  4. Windows XP will display the Log Off Windows window with choices to Switch User or Log Off.
  5. Click on the Log Off icon to the right with your mouse to Log Off of Windows.
  6. Windows will briefly shut down and restart quickly and then ask you to click on your User name.
  7. Click on your User Name located on the right hand side of the screen to Log back into Windows.
  8. If you normally enter a password when Windows XP starts up, You'll be asked to enter this here.
  9. Windows will now Log you back onto your system and should recover from your experienced error.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then locate the Log Off icon at the bottom of the Start Menu and Click on it.
  3. This Log Off icon will contain the name assigned to your system when Windows was installed.
  4. Windows will then ask you if you are sure that you want to log off.
  5. Click on the Yes button with your mouse to Log Off of Windows.
  6. Windows will now display the Log On window with your user name and ask for a password.
  7. Practically every home user will simply click on the OK button to bypass entering information.
  8. However, if you're usually see this Log On Window at start up then do what you normally do here.
  9. Windows will now Log you back onto your system and should recover from your experienced error.

If no Log Off icon is present, then read: How To Display The Log Off Button In Windows Millennium

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