Sunday, July 6, 2008

XP: Disable AutoReboot on Stop Errors

Stop Windows XP from automatically rebooting after a crash

XP: Disable AutoReboot on Stop Errors

Windows sometimes crash that prevents it from continuing. As a result, you are presented with a Stop Error, or more commonly known as the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). That's the blue screen with all those technical information only useful to developers. Well, you might not see it as this flashes too quickly before your computer automatically reboots.

Although nothing useful to figure out what the problem was on the blue screen, some useful information can be obtained that can be used to figure out what happened. But how can you catch that info if Windows automatically reboots after a crash? Well, read this tip.

To disable automatic reboot on a system crash:

  1. Open the System Properties window by right-clicking My Computer and then selecting Properties on the menu. Alternatively, if you have the Windows Key on your keyboard, press Windows Button + PrntScrn to bring it up.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab
  3. Under Startup and Recovery, click on the Settings button
  4. A dialog box will open, and under System Failure, uncheck the Automatically Restart box
  5. Click OK to close the Startup and Recovery window and OK once again to close the System Properties.

Now the next time Windows presents you with a Stop Error, it will not automatically restart. At least you can write down the info that appears on the screen so you can at least have an idea of what happened.

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