How many restarts?


I only shut down my work computer at weekends. During the week I put it to sleep when I’m not there so as not to lose my working context. On Monday mornings when I start up my computer I often get prompted to download and install the latest upgrades, which usually requires a reboot. It’s not perfect timing but I can live with it.

Virtualisation adds another dimension to the reboot problem though. I use Parallels so I can develop for Mac OS X and Windows on a single machine. Here’s the restart sequence this morning:

  1. Download and install the latest OS X patches. Restart the imac.
  2. Download and install Parallels 3.0. Restart the imac.
  3. Start up Windows through Parallels.
  4. Download and install the latest Windows Parallels tools. Restart Windows.
  5. Download and install the latest Windows security upgrades. Restart Windows.

That’s four restarts. Can I go home now?