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How To Quickly Reboot Directly from Windows 7 to XP, Vista, or Ubuntu

One of the biggest annoyances with a dual-boot system is having to wait for your PC to reboot to select the operating system you want to switch to, but there’s a simple piece of software that can make this process easier.

This guest article was written by Ryan Dozier from the Doztech tech blog.

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With a small piece of software called iReboot we can skip the above step all together and instantly reboot into the operating system we want right from Windows. Their description says:

“Instead of pressing restart, waiting for Windows to shut down, waiting for your BIOS to post, then selecting the operating system you want to boot into (within the bootloader time-limit!); you just select that entry from iReboot and let it do the rest!”

Don’t worry about iReboot reconfiguring  your bootloader or any dual boot configuration you have. iReboot will only boot the selected operating system once and go back to your default settings.

Using iReboot

iReboot is quick and easy to install. Just download it, link below, run through the setup and select the default configuration. iReboot will automatically figure out what operating systems you have installed and appear in the taskbar. Go over to the taskbar and right click on the iReboot icon and select which operating system you want to reboot into.

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This method will add a check mark on the operating system you want to boot into.

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On your next reboot the system will automatically load your choice and skip the Windows Boot Manager. If you want to reboot automatically just select “Reboot on Selection” in the iReboot menu.

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To be even more productive, you can install iReboot into each Windows operating system to quickly access the others with a few simple clicks.

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iReboot does not work in Linux so you will have to reboot manually.

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Then wait for the Windows Boot Manager to load and select your operating system.

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Conclusion

iReboot works on  Windows XP, Windows Vista,  and Windows 7 as well as 64 bit versions of these operating systems. Unfortunately iReboot is only available for Windows but you can still use its functionality in Windows to quickly boot up your Linux machine. A simple reboot in Linux will take you back to Windows Boot Manager.

Download iReboot from neosmart.net

Editor’s note: We’ve not personally tested this software over at How-To Geek, but Neosmart, the author of the software, generally makes quality stuff. Still, you might want to test it out on a test machine first. If you’ve got any experience with this software, please be sure to let your fellow readers know in the comments.

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  • Published 04/29/10

Comments (14)

  1. JHubbard92

    It is a handy tool thar… shame about it not working for Linux…

  2. Hari

    Hey JHubbard, Linux don’t have to use this piece of software from someone else. It is available natively. Do not comment on things you do not understand completely.

  3. KSizemore

    While this App seems handy if you have a Linux environment you are wanting to boot into, if you are just moving to another Windows environment you can do it from the System Settings of Windows.

    Simply Right+Click on the Computer Icon (My Computer in XP) and go to Properties. Select Advanced system settings, then select the Settings button from the Startup and Recovery section of the dialog. the Startup and Recovery dialog gives you a dropdown menu with the same choices (including the Earlier Versions Of Windows choice).

    I have seen two issues with changing environments this way (which problems I assume this app shares) are:
    1. If you have multiple pre-Vista environments, you do not get to choose which one to boot into (only the Earlier Versions Of Windows choice)
    2. You cannot change from an XP/2003 Server environment to a post-Vista environment because the choices will not show up in the list.

  4. Daniel

    Been using this for years to go between Server 2008, XP, Vista and 7. It works exceedingly well, and I can’t do without it on multiboot machines.

  5. Chris

    This handy little app is a must-have for anyone with a dual boot or multi-boot system. Very convenient and works like a charm on my XP, Vista, Win7 setup.

  6. Marc

    Will this only work with the windows bootloader or will it work with grub or lilo as well?

  7. Iggy

    @Marc
    I just tried, and It doesn’t work with Grub.

  8. FraG

    Hey, anyone knows of a way to do the oposite: from ubuntu restart to windows. I had a script once, but it was for the old grub version.
    @Hari: There’s no way to do it natively on linux as far as I know.

  9. Aleksey

    Don’t work with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04. :(

  10. dexter_greycells

    @Hari,
    That was a bit on JHubbard. Even I use Ubuntu (10.04 is the third version that I am using) I am not aware of a way in which I can restart Ubuntu to boot directly into Vista (my default OS is Ubuntu). You said it is available ‘natively’ – Would you be kind enough to post the commands or the way to access it in Ubuntu?

  11. Abe

    If I recall it right, this option was integrated in grub (legacy). I once used an OpenSuSE version which configured grub this way out of the box.
    It would be great to know a way how to do this with grub (legacy) and Ubuntu 10.04.

  12. Xantes

    It doesn’t have to work in Linux, as well – and for that to be installed in Linux, that is!
    Simply because once installed in one of the Microsoft OS’s or in all of them and set in one of the Microsoft’s OS’s to boot as default, either being in one of the Microsoft OS’s and clicking restart in Ubuntu or, being in Ubuntu and choosing SHUT DOWN is the same thing since a I have the possibility to Wake On LAN with my router an I can always start my PC into the default Microsoft OS.
    And so I can remotely control my PC in whatever OS I want be it any Microsoft OS and/or any Linux distribution.

  13. Andrew

    i used it on win 7 to boot win xp (first time using ireboot) now there is no boot manager and it boots xp everytime please help because i miss my windows 7 :(

  14. kallinsba

    when installed, there are no entries of installed OS’s, because the software does not promt the user to locate the BCD…
    i hope this is fixed in the future versions.

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