Sometimes when a computer running Windows XP encounters a driver or hardware error it immediately restarts. This is a real problem, because you can not find out why the computer restarted. You can disable the automatic restarting of the computer to see the blue screen of death (BSOD) message and copy it down to further diagnose the problem. You can disable the automatic restarting of the computer using the following process.
Note : You must have administrator credentials to follow this procedure.
- Open System Properties, by pressing keyboard combination Windows Key + Pause. Alternatively, you can right-click on My Computer icon on desktop and select Properties.
- In the System Properties, select the Advanced tab and click on the button labeled Settings under Startup and Recovery.
- A new window will open up. In this window, uncheck the option Automatically restart as shown in the following picture:
- Click OK to save the settings.
- Open Start Menu → Run, type regedit and press Enter
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to the key :
- Double-click on the value AutoReboot in the right pane and change the value to 0 to disable automatic rebooting.
- After turning your computer on, keep pressing F8 key on your keyboard until you see the Windows Advanced Options Menu as shown in the following picture :
- Use Up and Down arrow keys on your keyboard to move between options. Select the Disable automatic restart on system failure option and press Enter.
- You would see a menu with option to choose an operating system as shown in the picture below. Choose your operating system and press Enter key to boot into Windows.