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I have read somewhere that the win98 registry can be updated (eg after software installation) without a complete reboot.

it was something like holding a key combination down while selecting shutdown-restart.

Also - can something similar be done for Win2000?

Any helpful suggestions welcome.

[Tried searching ee database but only got one page -links to answers on following pages returned me to my search - if it has been answered already and someone knows the question id that will do, or the MS KB reference if there is one)

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stbedes:

All you have to do is hold the SHIFT key when you click OK in the Shutdown dialog with "Restart Windows" selected.  Continue to hold shift until Windows begins restarting; You'll get a black screen which says "Windows is now restarting..."

I hope this is not a repeat of the links kahlean posted, I did not visit them.

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hi dogzstar, that is the the same info from the link as well :)

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There is one problem with the method described for Windows 2000, which is that you may lose all of your "System tray" icons in the process (Depending on the program...some applications are able to recover from this and fix their icon).  Also (on my Win2000 system at least), explorer did not automatically reload itself (though, I thought it did...), so you have to choose New Task (Run...) from the File menu of Task manager and type in "explorer" (no quotes) to get your taskbar/Start button, etc back.

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Sorry to duplicate kahlean!
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It seems best here to spit out your answer or copy the pertinent details from the links to avoid this problem.  Not everyone goes to the links if they happen to know the info the link provides.
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pbessman makes a strong case here, along with the fact that you have to check the info at the link to see if your info is the same or very simular there is also the possibility that the link will be moved or closed and if someone buys this question then the answer is worthless if the links are then "dead"

I know some "links" have alot of info, you should at least post a condensed version of what is available at the link.
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agree with pbessman also. Sometimes questioner doesnt shows any interest in the link as well. What they would preferred is a answer that can be read directly

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>>Sorry to duplicate kahlean!

No problem dogzstar, i might be my fault as well for not typing the answer out. Kind of tired last night, so i just gave out the link.

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Thanks for the prompt reply - this has jogged the grey cells.

Have also added winguides to list of sites to search for help in future.

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gald i could some info. Well winguide is really a cool site here in learning how to tweak windows here. After all there are alot of hidden "treasure" in windows that bill gates has been hiding from us :)

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