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Windows 7 - How to Prevent the Computer Restarting on a BSOD

The BSOD or "Blue Screen of Death" has been the bane of Windows users for many years. BSODs are typically caused by serious system errors, device driver problems or faulty hardware. If you are getting regular BSODs, you might have a serious problem with your computer which will need to be dealt with as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, by default, the BSOD barely flashes on screen before your computer automatically restarts. All you get to see is a brief glimpse of apparently unintelligible information. Preventing the computer from automatically restarting in such an event will give you time to review the BSOD error message and the technical details involved. This should help you to determine the problem by telling you which driver, program or service caused your computer to crash.

Open up the Control Panel by clicking on the link to it in your start menu. Click on the "System and Security" section. In the next window, click on the "System" link. If your control panel is displayed as a list of large or small icons, simply double-click on the "System" icon down the list. If you're in a hurry, you can access the system properties by typing "System" into the start menu and clicking "System" under the control panel results.

Open the "Advanced System Settings" by clicking on the link to the left. At the bottom of this window, you'll see a section entitled "Startup and Recovery." Click on "Settings." In the next window, you'll see a section called "System Failure." This area allows you to configure advanced options regarding BSODs. Uncheck the box beside "Automatically restart." Do not alter any of the other settings. Click "OK" to continue and then click "OK" again on the System Properties window to close it.

Now, in the event of a system failure resulting in a BSOD, you will be able to view the problem without the computer restarting. To restart the computer manually in such an event, it is safe to just press the power or reset button.


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