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Recovery SettingsOne of the things that is quite different
about Windows XP compared to Windows 9x (9x is shorthand for Windows
95, Windows 98, and Windows Me in all their various versions), is that
one can control how it responds to certain critical errors—those that
cause the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). In Windows XP,
the default setting is for the computer to reboot automatically when a
fatal error occurs. If that fatal error only occurs when you're
shutting down, the system reboots automatically.
If you haven't changed any of the system failure settings, you should be able to see the error by looking in the Event Log. But a better long-term solution is to turn off the automatic reboot so you can actually see the error when it happens—chances are it will tell you enough about itself to let you troubleshoot further. To change the recovery settings to disable automatic rebooting:
Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
Click the Advanced tab.
Under Startup and Recovery, click Settings to open the Startup and Recovery dialog box.
Clear the Automatically restart check box, and click OK the necessary number of times.
Restart your computer for the settings to take effect.
Now when you go to shut down and a fatal error occurs, you'll at least see it and it won't cause an automatic reboot. You still have to sort out what's causing the problem, but that gets us to the next section quite nicely.
Posted on Nov 04, 2008
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