Disable Automatic Restart On System Failure

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We’ve probably all seen a system failure message – often referred to as the Blue Screen of Death – sometime during use of a Windows PC. Even though Microsoft developed Windows 7 more sound and less likely for one to occur, system failures can still be caused by a number of problems including but not limited to installing new hardware, improper changes to operating system settings, and even malware. Unfortunately, that BSOD often flashes on and off the screen faster than you can write it down. You may even be away from your computer when it happens. Luckily, there is a way to disable Windows from automatically rebooting after a system failure and giving you plenty of time to document that error message.

Right-click the “My Computer” icon and open up the System Properties.

If you don’t have a “My Computer” icon on your desktop or in your Start Menu, you can enter the following command into the Run dialog box: sysdm.cpl

Inside the System Properties window, open the Advanced tab, and click the Settings button under the Startup and Recovery section.

Under the System Failure section, uncheck the box next to “Automatically Restart” and close both windows with the OK button.

Now that you got the error message, you can provide that information to an online or in person technician who can now better decipher the problem.

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