Find out why your system wants to reboot with Why Reboot?

Martin Brinkmann
May 9, 2006
Updated • May 4, 2013

If you have ever asked yourself why your computer prompts you to reboot after you have installed software on it that seems to work without issues without rebooting, you may find the free program Why Reboot  helpful to find out more about the processes that will be performed after the reboot.

Why Reboot is freeware and only 60k in size. What it does is that it will give you a listing of operations that will be performed after rebooting your computer system (those are usually the operations that the newly installed software wants to perform to finalize the installation).

Keep in mind that the program has been created for Windows XP or earlier versions of Windows, and that it may not work at all on newer versions of the operating system. To use the program, download it from the developer website and extract the contents of the download to a folder on your drive.

Start the Why Reboot application and take a look at the results screen that it spawns right away. Here you see which operating system it has detected, and whether items have been found that are required for the reboot.

I have tested this with updates for the Windows 7 operating system, and they did not show up here. This is another indicator that the program may not be compatible with that version of Windows.

You can click on the refresh button to have the program scan your PC for reboot reasons again, or copy the results to the Windows Clipboard. Other than that, there is now much that you can do in this regard. A click on the dismiss button exits the program again.

Note that the program runs fine on a 64-bit version of Windows 7, but that it may not provide you with the information you were hoping it could provide you with. Still, it may be worth a try to find out why your system wants to reboot at this point in time.


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  1. gianni said on May 20, 2006 at 10:21 am

    very good!

  2. Thilak said on May 9, 2006 at 8:06 am

    Nice piece of software. Thanks for posting the info. GHacks is really great

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