Have you ever been working on something in Windows 10 when it suddenly insists that you restart for updates? You may not want to drop what you are working on. However, certain companies (including Microsoft) are working on ways to allow you to remain in place so that you can go right back into what you are working on after a reboot. The ability is still quite limited but the outlook looks promising in the coming years. For now, there are only a few things that can be restored after a reboot. File Explorer is one of these.
If you have multiple File Explorer windows open for a project (or various projects) that you are working on, you can make sure that Windows restores those windows that were open during a reboot process. Windows will even restore them onto their specific screens if using multiple monitors.
Setting Windows 10 up to do this is quite easy. Simple open File Explorer and click the “View” tab at the top. Then, find the “Options” icon to the right of the ribbon menu and click on it.
This is going to result in a popup filled with options pertaining to File Explorer. There is a lot that can be accomplished here, but the only thing we are focused on today is restoring windows on boot.
Within this window, you are going to click on its “View” tab and this will produce a list of options. You are going to scroll down (it’s in alphabetical order, based on the first word of each option) until you find “Restore previous folder windows at logon”. Make sure this option is checked and hit “Apply” and “Ok” at the bottom right of the window.
That’s it. Now, open a few (or more) File Explorer windows. If you have multiple monitors, spread them around your screens to various locations. Now, leaving these File Explorer windows open, reboot Windows 10. When you boot back into the desktop, Windows should automatically re-open all of these windows and restore them to where they were.
There is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to restoring your session when you reboot. Currently, nearly all of your options depend on individual applications. For example, your (modern) web browsers usually have an option to restore previous sessions. Sometimes this option pops up when you open the browser for the first time after a reboot and sometimes it requires a plugin for more accuracy (ie, Session Buddy is an amazing extension for Google Chrome).
However, companies are slowly growing wise to the demand for such features. So, hopefully, it won’t be long before Windows can natively snapshot your current work so you can save everything during a reboot. It sure would make the process of Windows Updates easier to deal with. For now, you’ll still have to mostly rely on the “Startup Folder” for applications you want to launch with Windows.