iReboot: Select Operating System you like to Reboot

NeoSmart Technologies released iReboot 1.0 in 2007 - a tiny application that sits quietly and unobtrusively in the taskbar and is used to select which OS you'd like to reboot into.iReboot isn't by any means a major application, but it's gathered a pretty strong following over the months, mostly by people interested in boosting productivity (or […]

NeoSmart Technologies released iReboot 1.0 in 2007 - a tiny application that sits quietly and unobtrusively in the taskbar and is used to select which OS you'd like to reboot into.

iReboot isn't by any means a major application, but it's gathered a pretty strong following over the months, mostly by people interested in boosting productivity (or increasing laziness) to the max. But there was one flaw in iReboot that made all the hard work we put into making it as unobtrusive and minimalistic as possible almost meaningless: if you had UAC enabled, iReboot will not run automatically at startup, no matter what you do.[…]

We've just released iReboot 1.1, a UAC-free implementation that doesn't require admin approval, elevation, etc. past the initial installation. And, yes, it does run automatically at startup too!

The Gory Details (feel free to skip below to the download links!)

In order for iReboot to be of any use, we had to get around Microsoft's UAC limitations. For iReboot, it was of the absolute importance that it run at startup, and that it be allowed system access from normal user accounts. On Windows XP - where everyone runs as an Administrator and there are no annoying UAC prompts - it was a non-issue. But on Windows Vista, the new architectural requirements for running applications in elevated privilege modes made it near impossible.

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