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How To Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows Vista

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Automatically Restart on System Failure Option in Windows Vista

Automatically Restart on System Failure Option in Windows Vista

Windows Vista is setup by default to restart immediately after a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) or other major system problem. This reboot usually happens too fast to see the error message on screen.

Follow these easy steps to disable the automatic restart feature for system failures in Windows Vista.

Important: Unable to boot completely into Windows Vista due to a BSOD? See Tip #2 at the bottom of the page for help.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Disabling the Automatic Restart option in Windows Vista usually takes less than 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.

    Tip: In a hurry? Type system in the search box after clicking Start. Choose System from the list of results and then skip to Step 4.

  2. Click on the System and Maintenance link.

    Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply double-click on the System icon and proceed to Step 4.

  3. Click on the System link.

  4. In the task pane on the left, click the Advanced system settings link.

  5. Locate the Startup and Recovery area and click on the Settings button.

  6. In the Startup and Recovery window, locate and uncheck the check box next to Automatically restart.

  7. Click OK in the Startup and Recovery window.

  8. Click OK in the System Properties window.

  9. You can now close the System window.

  10. From now on, when a problem causes a BSOD or another major error that halts the system, the PC will not automatically reboot. Rebooting manually will be necessary.

Tips:

  1. Not a Windows Vista user? See How Do I Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.

  2. If you're unable to fully start Windows Vista due to a Blue Screen of Death error, you won't be able to disable the automatic restart on system failure option as described in the steps above.

    Luckily you can also disable this option from outside of Windows Vista: How to Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure From the Advanced Boot Options Menu.

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