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Windows - Turning off Automatic Restart

 
     
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When a fatal problem occurs, Windows displays an error message, typically in white text with a dark blue background. This is commonly called the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD). While in XP the default is to display the error message until you select to reboot, in Windows 7 and Vista the default is to display the message for a few seconds and then automatically reboot.

So you can read the message, you'll need to turn off Automatic Restart. This will not have any effect on a normal shutdown.

 
     
  Windows 7 and Vista  
     
  To turn off Automatic Restart:
 
     
 
  • Bring up the system information dialog:

    On the keyboard, press the Windows key + Pause/Break.

    or

    Select Start, right click Computer and on the drop-down, select Properties.

automatic restart screen 1

  • Click on the left side option Advanced system settings.

automatic restart screen 2

  • Select the Advanced tab if not selected, then under Startup and Recovery, select Settings.

automatic restart screen 3

  • Un-check the box next to Automatic restart (as shown above).

  • Click OK to exit, then OK again, and close the System information dialog.
 
     
  Windows XP  
     
  To turn off Automatic Restart:  
     
 
  • Bring up the system information dialog:

    On the keyboard, press the Windows key + Pause/Break.

    or

    Select Start, right click Computer and on the drop-down, select Properties.

  • Click on the left side option Advanced system settings.
  • Select the Advanced tab if not selected, then under Startup and Recovery, select Settings.
  • Un-check the box next to Automatic restart.

  • Click OK to exit, then OK again, and close the System information dialog.