Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in
Windows XP is programmed by default to restart immediately after a major
error, like one that causes a
BSOD. This reboot happens too fast to record the error message for use in
troubleshooting. Follow these easy steps to disable the automatic restart
feature for system failures in Windows XP.
1. Navigate to the
Control Panel in Windows XP by left-clicking on Start, followed by Settings
and then choosing Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel window, open System.
Note: In Microsoft Windows XP, depending on how your operating system is setup,
you may not see the System icon. To correct this, click on the link on the
left-hand side of the Control Panel window that says Switch to Classic View.
3. In the System Properties
window, click on the Advanced
4. Locate the Startup and Recovery area and click on the Settings button.
5. In the Startup and Recovery window, locate and uncheck the check box next to
6. Click OK in the Startup and Recovery window.
7. Click OK in the System Properties window.
8. From now on, when a problem causes a
BSOD or another major error that halts the system, the PC will not
automatically reboot. Rebooting manually will be necessary.
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