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38. Disable Automatic Restart to Read Blue Screen Messages

Sometimes an error occurs on your machine and you are immediately hit by a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). The only problem is the screen flashes by so quickly you rarely get to see what may have caused the error in the first place. To the layman the information on the screen may as well be in a foreign language but, in a number of cases, to a technician the all important 'gobbledegook' can mean the difference between locating your problem or complete disaster. By disabling the automatically restart on system failure feature, you are able to read what messages appear on the blue screen and can, if necessary, pass the information on to your technical support person.

1/Click Start button.

2/ From Start menu Click Control panel.

3/ In Control Panel Click the System icon.

4/ In the System Window look on the Left hand side of the window and you will see a list of options. Click on the Advanced System Settings option.

5/ Because Computer management requires administrative privileges you may find the the User Account Control will pop up. If it does then enter the required information (if you are not the administrator) or, if you are the administrator, click the Continue button.

6/ In the Advanced Settings window look for the Startup and Recovery section and then Click the Settings button.

7/ In the Startup and recovery window look for the section marked System Failure and remove the tick mark from the Automatically Restart option. Now press OK button.

8/ Finally click the OK button on the System properties Window and then close the system window.