How To Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure (e.g. blue screen of death a.k.a. BSOD)

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    Windows is programmed by default to restart immediately after a major error, like one that causes a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). This reboot  happens too fast to record the error message for use in troubleshooting.

     

     

    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 tab.
      
    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 Automatically restart.
      
    6. Click OK in the Startup and Recovery window.
      
    7. Click OK in the System Properties window.
      
    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.

     

     

    Windows Vista

     

    1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.

     

    Tip: In a hurry? Type system in the search box after clicking Start. Choose System from the list of results and then skip to Step 4.
      
    2. Click on the System and Maintenance link.

     

    Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply double-click on the System icon and proceed to Step 4.
      
    3. Click on the System link.
      
    4. In the task pane on the left, click the Advanced system settings link.
      
    5. Locate the Startup and Recovery area and click on the Settings button.
      
    6. In the Startup and Recovery window, locate and uncheck the check box next to Automatically restart.
      
    7. Click OK in the Startup and Recovery window.
      
    8. Click OK in the System Properties window.
      
    9. You can now close the System window.
     
    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.

     

     

    Windows 7 (basically the same as Vista)

     

    1. Click on the Start button and then on Control Panel.

     

    Tip: In a hurry? Type system in the search box after clicking Start. Choose System under the Control Panel heading in the list of results and then skip to Step 4.
      
    2. Click on the System and Security link.

     

    Note: If you're viewing the Small icons or Large icons view of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply double-click on the System icon and proceed to Step 4.
      
    3. Click on the System link.
      
    4. In the task pane on the left, click the Advanced system settings link.
      
    5. Locate the Startup and Recovery section near the bottom of the window and click on the Settings button.
      
    6. In the Startup and Recovery window, locate and uncheck the check box next to Automatically restart.
      
    7. Click OK in the Startup and Recovery window.
      
    8. Click OK in the System Properties window.
      
    9. You can now close the System window.
     
    From now on, when a problem causes a BSOD or another major error that halts the system, Windows 7 will not force a reboot. You'll have to reboot manually when an error appears.

     

     

    Windows 8

     

    Below are the steps to disable Automatic Restart on system failure in Windows 8

     

    1.  Click Windows Key + Pause/Break key simultaneously

     

    2.  Click Advanced System Settings at left of that new window -  System Properties opens

     

    3.  Click Settings under Startup and Recovery

     

    4.  Uncheck "Automatically Restart"

     

    5.  Click OK

     

    Now the next time your computer crashes, it won’t restart, but will show you a screen with error code and some information associated with the error. Note down this information if you intend to use it to ask for help.


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