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uscpsycho 9,618 18,093 December 12, 2015 at 09:24 AM
tl;dr How do I get Windows to automatically restart in the same state it was in before the reboot?


I've had enough headaches with Apple that I'm trying to make the switch back to Windows. But there is a feature in OSX that doesn't seem built into Windows and that I honestly can't live without anymore.

On a Mac, if your system shuts down or reboots for any reason, after the restart your desktop will look EXACTLY like it did before. All your apps will be open and even unsaved documents will be restored. It's magic. Especially for those times when you have to ungracefully force a restart. No worries, you'll be right back where you left off as soon as you do. You don't have to do anything to trigger this, it's automatic so even if the shutdown is unexpected you are safe.

I was sure when Windows 10 came out that Microsoft would build this into the OS but to my dismay it's not built in and I can't find any apps to do this. It is especially disturbing because Windows 10 has a nasty habit of auto updating and restarting in the middle of the night. Then the next time you start up everything is gone!

In the past when my Windows laptop battery was running low it would save its state and put itself into a hibernate mode so nothing was lost. This feature also seems to be gone in Windows 10. So if the battery dies while in your laptop bag you lose everything.

For all its faults, I can't leave OSX until I get this restoring functionality in Windows. Is there a way to do what I want? I've searched and searched but found nothing. Funny how SD is a last resort.

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Windows 7 hit F5 "Last Known Good Configuration"
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Windows 7 hit F5 "Last Known Good Configuration"

These instructions do not affect your home owners insurance in any way.
And also dont help op in any way. Bad advice here, bad advice telling another user to file a homeowners insurance claim on a leaky tub faucet. 0 for 2. Lets try and improve your numbers.....shake head
Being passive aggressive when you are consistently flat wrong is not helping your cause. Its almost as if you don't actually read the OP's..
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And also dont help op in any way. Bad advice here, bad advice telling another user to file a homeowners insurance claim on a leaky tub faucet. 0 for 2. Lets try and improve your numbers.....shake head
Being passive aggressive when you are consistently flat wrong is not helping your cause. Its almost as if you don't actually read the OP's..
So true... and you can add one more bad (actually damaging) advice offense to his list. Advising to use heat on a new sealed ball bearing for table saw motor repair, thus melting the grease out of it. Plus he questioned the very common practice of polishing the shaft with fine sandpaper/emery cloth.
Makes it 0 for 3, just within the past 3 days. shake head
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So true... and you can add one more bad (actually damaging) advice offense to his list. Advising to use heat on a new sealed ball bearing for table saw motor repair, thus melting the grease out of it. Plus he questioned the very common practice of polishing the shaft with fine sandpaper/emery cloth.
Makes it 0 for 3, just within the past 3 days. shake head
Lol, we should start keeping a list...the actual number is probably 50-100...
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tl;dr How do I get Windows to automatically restart in the same state it was in before the reboot?


I've had enough headaches with Apple that I'm trying to make the switch back to Windows. But there is a feature in OSX that doesn't seem built into Windows and that I honestly can't live without anymore.

On a Mac, if your system shuts down or reboots for any reason, after the restart your desktop will look EXACTLY like it did before. All your apps will be open and even unsaved documents will be restored. It's magic. Especially for those times when you have to ungracefully force a restart. No worries, you'll be right back where you left off as soon as you do. You don't have to do anything to trigger this, it's automatic so even if the shutdown is unexpected you are safe.

I was sure when Windows 10 came out that Microsoft would build this into the OS but to my dismay it's not built in and I can't find any apps to do this. It is especially disturbing because Windows 10 has a nasty habit of auto updating and restarting in the middle of the night. Then the next time you start up everything is gone!

In the past when my Windows laptop battery was running low it would save its state and put itself into a hibernate mode so nothing was lost. This feature also seems to be gone in Windows 10. So if the battery dies while in your laptop bag you lose everything.

For all its faults, I can't leave OSX until I get this restoring functionality in Windows. Is there a way to do what I want? I've searched and searched but found nothing. Funny how SD is a last resort.
Hibernation is a option you can easily turn on in Windows 10 - instructions are found here: http://www.windows10update.com/20...hibernate/

You can also change folder options to automatically reopen after restart, instructions here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-...t-windows/

There's a third party program that does what you want, called "cache my work" https://cachemywork.codeplex.com/ - I've never used it and it seems to be fairly old (last released version 2011) but it gets good reviews and is worth a shot.
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Hibernation is a option you can easily turn on in Windows 10 - instructions are found here: http://www.windows10update.com/20...hibernate/

You can also change folder options to automatically reopen after restart, instructions here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-...t-windows/

There's a third party program that does what you want, called "cache my work" https://cachemywork.codeplex.com/ - I've never used it and it seems to be fairly old (last released version 2011) but it gets good reviews and is worth a shot.
Thanks. But hibernation only works to suspend the state of your computer. It doesn't work to resume the state of your computer after a restart.

The folder tweak works but only for folder windows. It doesn't work to restore open apps, open documents, etc.

I've heard of cache my work. I think it will reopen apps but not documents within apps. And certainly won't restore unsaved progress in apps. Plus it doesn't automatically work in the background, you have to manually save restore points.

On a Mac you can pull the plug any time and when you power back up it's as if nothing happened. You can even "undo" steps made prior to restarting.

OSX has had this capability for years and it's invaluable. How has Windows not implemented this in Windows 10? Frustrated as I am in the Apple camp it's the only thing keeping me from jumping ship.
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I don't know of any windows feature to do this out of the box. Didn't know OSX did it either. I view a restart as a good time to kind of clean up things that are running that you don't need, free resources etc, so having everything resume would negate this.

Both Firefox and Chrome can save open tabs when they close and resume when open. All your office programs can bet set to save every 5 minutes, and windows can be set to not auto restart. Hibernate would help if your battery is low. I would recommend just being aware of this and closing critical programs when finished with them if you think you might not be back.
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I don't know of any windows feature to do this out of the box. Didn't know OSX did it either. I view a restart as a good time to kind of clean up things that are running that you don't need, free resources etc, so having everything resume would negate this.

Both Firefox and Chrome can save open tabs when they close and resume when open. All your office programs can bet set to save every 5 minutes, and windows can be set to not auto restart. Hibernate would help if your battery is low. I would recommend just being aware of this and closing critical programs when finished with them if you think you might not be back.
You are right about restarting. It frees up memory leaks and does your system good. But that doesn't mean you need to close any apps you're working on. When my Mac gets sluggish after a few weeks of abuse, I just restart and then I'm right back to where I'm started but everything is zippy again. If you don't want some apps to launch after you reboot just shut them down before you do it.

Or sometimes something goes totally awry and you have to force a restart without any advance warning. It's great to be able to power cycle and be right where you left off.

I know that you can have your programs save every five minutes. But you can lose a lot of work in five minutes. And if you had a bunch of files open it won't reopen them for you. Thank goodness Chrome will pick up where it left off that is a life saver. But the entire Mac OS works the same way. Picks up where you left off.

Windows 10 can't be set to not auto restart. There are some very big hoops to jump through to trick it from not restarting but by design this is not an option and not something Microsoft wants you to turn off.

End of the day, this is something I have grown to be fairly dependent on because I push the OS too hard. I can easily have 100 tabs open, 50 images open, 15 documents, etc. I have enough RAM and processing to handle it. Everything is great after a restart but the programs are imperfect and things will bog down to a crawl after some time. That's when I just reboot and in a minute or two life is good again.

Apple has been doing this for many years now. Time for Microsoft to catch up and get with the program. Especially considering this new "OS as a service" BS is forcing unannounced and ungraceful restarts on a regular basis.
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You are right about restarting. It frees up memory leaks and does your system good. But that doesn't mean you need to close any apps you're working on. When my Mac gets sluggish after a few weeks of abuse, I just restart and then I'm right back to where I'm started but everything is zippy again. If you don't want some apps to launch after you reboot just shut them down before you do it.

Or sometimes something goes totally awry and you have to force a restart without any advance warning. It's great to be able to power cycle and be right where you left off.

I know that you can have your programs save every five minutes. But you can lose a lot of work in five minutes. And if you had a bunch of files open it won't reopen them for you. Thank goodness Chrome will pick up where it left off that is a life saver. But the entire Mac OS works the same way. Picks up where you left off.

Windows 10 can't be set to not auto restart. There are some very big hoops to jump through to trick it from not restarting but by design this is not an option and not something Microsoft wants you to turn off.

End of the day, this is something I have grown to be fairly dependent on because I push the OS too hard. I can easily have 100 tabs open, 50 images open, 15 documents, etc. I have enough RAM and processing to handle it. Everything is great after a restart but the programs are imperfect and things will bog down to a crawl after some time. That's when I just reboot and in a minute or two life is good again.

Apple has been doing this for many years now. Time for Microsoft to catch up and get with the program. Especially considering this new "OS as a service" BS is forcing unannounced and ungraceful restarts on a regular basis.
150 tabs is pretty excessive. I thought I had a lot. You should look at the plugin the great suspender.

Not sure what to tell you. There might be 3rd party programs that can replicate this but it's 3rd party. Not going to say the feature your wanting wouldn't be useful but for many I would find it less than useful. I like a freshly rebooted computer to have as little as running as possible. Resuming takes time added to the boot etc.

Pretty easy to stop windows 10 from restarting automatically (Letting you choose whne to restart automatically) http://lifehacker.com/prevent-win...1723647582
I think your thinking about windows update installing updates automatically which can be more complicated to stop.
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150 tabs is pretty excessive. I thought I had a lot. You should look at the plugin the great suspender.

Not sure what to tell you. There might be 3rd party programs that can replicate this but it's 3rd party. Not going to say the feature your wanting wouldn't be useful but for many I would find it less than useful. I like a freshly rebooted computer to have as little as running as possible. Resuming takes time added to the boot etc.

Pretty easy to stop windows 10 from restarting automatically (Letting you choose whne to restart automatically) http://lifehacker.com/prevent-win...1723647582
I think your thinking about windows update installing updates automatically which can be more complicated to stop.
I'd like you to remember this thread the next time your PC locks up and forces you to do an ungraceful power cycle. You know that feeling of wanting to throw your computer off the top of the building? Never happens on a Mac. The first time OSX saves your hide that way you'll never want to go back to an OS without this capability.

If you want to gracefully restart to a clean desktop when you restart there is a pop up that gives you the option to reopen all your windows or not. It's a very nice option to have.
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On a Mac, if your system shuts down or reboots for any reason, after the restart your desktop will look EXACTLY like it did before. All your apps will be open and even unsaved documents will be restored. It's magic.
Isn't this just the Mac version of hibernate? Writing the contents of RAM to a file and then restoring that file on bootup.

I'm failing to see the difference (outside of the nature of Xorg layered on top of the core O/S making things much easier and more efficient to implement)
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I'd like you to remember this thread the next time your PC locks up and forces you to do an ungraceful power cycle. You know that feeling of wanting to throw your computer off the top of the building? Never happens on a Mac. The first time OSX saves your hide that way you'll never want to go back to an OS without this capability.

If you want to gracefully restart to a clean desktop when you restart there is a pop up that gives you the option to reopen all your windows or not. It's a very nice option to have.
Then why don't you continue to use the Mac??? You say you never want to throw your Mac off a building, but your first post is "I've had enough headaches with Apple" Confused

Seems like you've never used Windows before (or Google for that matter)

Create a system restore point [microsoft.com]

How to optimize battery life in Windows 10 devices using built-in settings [windowscentral.com]
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I'd like you to remember this thread the next time your PC locks up and forces you to do an ungraceful power cycle. You know that feeling of wanting to throw your computer off the top of the building? Never happens on a Mac. The first time OSX saves your hide that way you'll never want to go back to an OS without this capability.

If you want to gracefully restart to a clean desktop when you restart there is a pop up that gives you the option to reopen all your windows or not. It's a very nice option to have.
Can't say a complete lockup like that happens very often at all. I'll stick to the least amount of PC applications opening on boot of my machine as possible. I save my work frequently or use programs that automatically save. Can't say going back to rework because of a lockup has ever been an issue for me. About the only thing I miss is the browser which we have solved already.
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Somewhat confused by this. If a Mac throws a blue screen (or equivalent) and force restarts, why do you want it to try and go right back to the state that possibly was responsible for the blue screen?

Interesting function, but as said earlier, when recovering from a failure the best thing to do is start fresh. I can't imagine why you need over 100 tabs open, your paging file must be hurting, but reopening that after a clean boot would be horrible.

As for the answer you came here for, Windows has nothing built in that I know of to reopen everything you were doing after a force restart. Some applications may remember the last config they were in, but even that has been problematic for me since chrome has been known to lock on some pages for me and having them reopen would be bad.

If Mac does this and you love it, I guess you should stick with it or accept its loss.
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