Ever had a problem where Windows XP would have an internal problem, flash an error message at you, and immediately reboot while you were trying to figure out what happened?
One of the default settings in Windows is responsible for that automatic reboot. Fortunately, it’s also one that’s easy to change.
In Windows XP, the option is available through the Control Panel. Start the Control Panel, then pick Performance and Maintenance, and then System.
In the System dialog box, click the Advanced tab. The bottom section is Startup and Recovery. Click the Settings button. That will open the following dialog box:
Notice that, under System Failure, Automatically restart is checked. Un-check it. Click OK. Then, click OK on the System Properties dialog box.
Now, when Windows hits an unrecoverable error, instead of automatically rebooting, it will give the error message and wait for your action.
Windows 7 has a very similar dialog box. It’s a little harder to locate, though. Start the Control Panel (Windows 7 Orb, then Control Panel). Click on the heading System and Security. Click on the heading System. In the left column (Control Panel Home), click Advanced System Settings. That opens the System Properties dialog box.
Now, in the Startup and Recovery section, click the Settings button. That opens the following dialog box.
In this case, note that I have already unchecked the Automatically Restart check-box.
If it’s checked, then uncheck it and click OK, and again OK on the System Properties dialog box to close it.