ReStartMe, Restart Processes Automatically On Exit

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 20, 2011
Updated • Oct 20, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

Some processes are more important than others. Maybe you like to run an ftp client or p2p software all the time on your system, maybe a backup software or a messenger client. You may also want to make sure that parental controls or other monitoring or security applications are running all the time on a system. It can happen that important processes exit or get killed which may not be a problem if you are sitting in front of your computer, but may be a problem if you are not anywhere near it.

A program like ReStartMe monitors select processes on the system to ensure that they are running. It is in this regard similar to Restart on Crash and The Restarter.

You need to install the program before you can use it, but installation should not pose any difficulties. The program requires elevated rights on start up.

It displays a list of all processes that it monitors in the interface. The list is empty on the first program start obviously. A click on the Add a process button opens a selection menu where a running process or a local executable can be selected. The application is then added to the list of watched processes.

ReStartMe will restart the process on the system if it should close down for any reason. You find options at the bottom of the program window that allow you to remember processes for the next startup. If you do not select the option the process list will be empty once you exit and start the application again.

Processes that are not already started can be ignored, watched or started in this case. Additional options include starting the program with Windows, minimizing it on start up to the system tray or locking it with a password to protect it from tampering.

ReStartMe is a handy program for Windows users who want to make sure that one or multiple processes or programs are running all the time on the operating system. Windows users can download the software from the official developer website. The program is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the operating system.


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  1. Nathalie said on June 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Silly question, where is the program. It’s 4am and am very tired am I missing something here ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 8, 2013 at 3:10 am

      It is listed in the last paragraph.

  2. DComedian said on October 25, 2011 at 1:51 am

    I use the very lightweight program Keep Running for this purpose.

    Its only real limit is that it can only control one process, although it’s possible to have more than one copy of the executable running at the same time by duplicating and renaming it, and thereby controlling additional processes eg have a keeprun.exe and a keeprun2.exe running at the same time.

    Should I ever have cause to have multiple processes to monitor and restart on a regular basis I’ll definitely consider ReStartMe.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

      Interesting, thanks for mentioning the program.

  3. Brenden Kromhout (bkPrograms) said on October 21, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Hello to all! I’m the creator of ReStartMe. I’d like to thank Martin first for publishing this article on ReStartMe. I’d also like to put out there that while ReStartMe isn’t technically still in active development, if you find any bugs or have any suggestions, It’d be great if you sent them to me using the contact form on my website at I hope you all enjoy ReStartMe!

  4. Paul(us) said on October 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Maybe its nice to tell how you can set the program to start automatically when your computer crashes or restarts automatically after an update. Maybe you can explain how to do this in msconfig or with a outher Microsoft tool?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      You can set the option in the program itself Paulus.

  5. Kissol said on October 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I use to do that Process Lasso. It’s one of their several useful features.

    It could be for someone else to have a one app. however.

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