Microsoft is looking to include a Restart Manager in their Vista product to minimize reboots when updates are made to the OS or applications. When an update is made, the installer will call Restart Manager which will then determine whether the updated area can be cleared so that a reboot is not required. When the system is updated, it will take a snapshot of the current state, including the OS and open applications, and restores the sytem to that state, whether it required a reboot or just an application restart. Anything that would cut down on the number of reboots would be a welcome change. Read more about this at eweek.com.
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