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There are a couple possibilities...first, when you say shut down, do you mean that it restarts, or it actually shuts completely off? Windows update will auto-run weekly and restart the system if necessary. Otherwise, I'd suspect something with your antivirus scanner settings.
First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.
When you boot up and the Date & Time is wrong then you correct the
Date & Time, then when you shut down and boot up again the Date and
Time has changed. This is an indication that the BIOS battery is flat
and you need to replace the BIOS battery. Install a new BIOS battery, go
into the BIOS setting and set the Date & Time etc. and the new
battery will keep your settings stored in the BIOS.
Hi, Restart your computer. Immediately after the screen goes blank for the first time, press the F8 key repeatedly. The Windows Advanced Options menu appears. If the menu does not appear, restart your computer and try again. Use the cursor keys on your keyboard (your mouse will not work) to select Last Known Good Configuration, and then press ENTER. Windows XP attempts to start. If you recently installed new hardware, shut down your computer and disconnect the hardware. Then, restart Windows XP and troubleshoot your hardware to get it working properly. Restart your computer and press F8 again. This time, choose Safe Mode and press ENTER. Windows XP attempts to start in Safe Mode, which does not automatically start programs and hardware, and displays very primitive graphics. If Windows XP starts successfully in Safe Mode, you can remove any programs or updates you have recently installed. Then, restart your computer normally. Good luck! And Thanks.
This may not fix your issue but its worth a try ...let me know how it goes
If the computer appears to shutdown and then attempt to restart without displaying an error message, do the following to disable the automatic restart on error setting.
Click Start , right-click Computer , and then select Properties .
Click Advanced system settings , grant permission to continue if prompted, and then click the Advanced tab.
Click Settings in the Startup and Recovery section of the Advanced tab.
Deselect the Automatically restart checkbox under System failure .
Click OK to close the Startup and Recovery window, click OK again to close the System Properties window, and then close the Control Panel window.
Restart the PC.
Disabling the automatic restart setting allows time to view the error message that displays on the screen. Contact the manufacturer of the program or device that is causing the error for specific information about the error message.
If you are updating windows xp and it says installing updates when you are shutting down your computer, you should let it finish, even if it tales overnight. depenind on how many updates you have, better to go to the updates web site and do it from there. after they have installed then you should be able to do a restart on your computer and compleate. Any thing ells you are best off contacting MicroSoft
The most common shut down problem is that the system will reboot rather than shutting down. In most cases, the reboot is triggered because Windows XP is designed to reboot after a critical failure. To stop windows from rebooting in case of a failure, you need to take the following steps:
Right click on My Computer, Select Properties, Click on advance tab, Click on Settings under Startup and Recovery, Uncheck the option Automatically Restart under System failure, Click Ok twice and try to shutdown the pc. If it shows any error code then let me know
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
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