Why does Alt+F4 power menu disable both Windows Spotlight in the lock screen and Auto log-in and lock feature when restarting?

Jesse Guthrie 96 Reputation points
2021-02-21T00:01:26.643+00:00

Why does Alt+F4 power menu disable both Windows Spotlight in the lock screen and Auto log-in+lock feature when restarting? This doesn't happen when restarting the computer through the Start Menu.

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  1. Jesse Guthrie 96 Reputation points
    2021-03-04T12:36:22.02+00:00

    I already figured out why it does this.

    There are two types of Shutdowns and two types of restarts.

    Alt+F4 Power Menu performs the following type of Restart and Shutdown:

    • Full shutdown and restart the computer (This is a plain Restart)
    • Shutdown the computer (This is a plain Shutdown)

    Start Menu Power Menu performs the following type of Restart and Shutdown:

    • Restart the computer. After the system is rebooted, if Automatic Restart Sign-On is enabled, automatically sign in and lock last interactive user. After sign-in, restart any registered applications (This means: Apps that always startup after sign-in).
    • Shutdown the computer. On the next boot, if Automatic Restart Sign-On is enabled, automatically sign in and lock last interactive user. After sign-in, restart any registered applications. (This means: Apps that always startup after sign-in).

    Also for Alt+F4: it doesn't auto log-in and lock the PC and it doesn't load services that usually start during and after logging in, Plus, Windows Spotlight doesn't load, However, Default wallpaper loads:

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  1. S.Sengupta 17,121 Reputation points MVP
    2021-02-21T02:25:28.397+00:00

    Kindly go through the following Microsoft reference:

    Configure Windows Spotlight on the lock screen


  2. Teemo Tang 11,371 Reputation points
    2021-02-22T08:44:37.653+00:00

    From my search:
    The biggest difference between shutdown from the Start menu and the older method of Alt+F4 is that the later method will disable the newer option of running restartable applications on the next boot. It will also not execute any pending Windows Update operations.

    Automatically restarting currently running application on boot could cause performance issues on some hardware. Opening a multitude of apps simultaneously can in this case cause significant resource contention, leaving you waiting longer to get operational.

    References:

    Applications Not Reopening After Restart
    https://superuser.com/questions/1445763/applications-not-reopening-after-restart
    How to Turn On or Off Use sign-in info to auto finish setting up device after update or restart in Windows 10
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/49963-use-sign-info-auto-finish-after-update-restart-windows-10-a.html

    source:
    https://superuser.com/questions/1579993/is-there-a-difference-between-shutting-down-via-altf4-shut-down-and-start-me

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