Don’t you just hate it when your computer gets a Windows error blue screen of death! Sometimes it just keeps happening over and over again and usually without any warning. Unfortunately when your computer shows up with a blue screen it will usually be set to automatically shutdown the computer or sometimes restart it. This makes many people panic because they cannot see, or even have time to write down all of the information on that particular blue screen of death. It is more like a Windows nightmare blue screen of death!
Anyway, I am going to tell you how to stop your computer from restarting itself when it has a blue screen of death or any other Windows error. If you can just pause the blue screen of death you can write down the error codes that you need to use to troubleshoot your problem. This will give you time to evaluate the situation.
I am presuming that you do not need to see a picture of a blue screen because if you are searching for information about this problem then you have probably seen one before. Believe me it is not a pretty picture when you see it on your computer screen. If you are seeing the occasional blue screen or just like to be prepared, get a free PC Performance Scan. Why not if it is free?
Pause the Windows error blue screen of death
Pausing the Windows error blue screen of death on your screen and stopping it from restarting can be done in all Windows versions. I do not use Windows XP at the moment, however I am sure that this option exists in that operating system as well. The screen shots I have taken below are from Windows Vista, but Windows 7 is very similar to this.
1. Go to the start menu in the left hand bottom corner. See the screen shot below where the Arrow is pointing.
2. Choose computer from the menu, but do not left click on it, we need to right click on it to bring the menu up.
3. From the menu that appears, choose properties. See the screen shot below.
4. This will bring up the system dialogue box. There is a different way to get to the system properties for Windows XP and that will be explained below.
5. Press on advanced system settings. See the screen shot below.
6. Now the systems properties will open. Press on the advanced tab.
7. Under the start-up and recovery section, press on settings. See the screen shot below for details.
8. The start up and recovery box will appear. Go to the system failure section.
9. Un-tick the box where it says automatically restart. See the screen shot below.
10. Press ok to finish.
Windows error blue screen of death in Windows XP
If you are using Windows XP here is a shortcut to the system properties box. You can also get bare with the instructions above but this is an easy way.
Common causes of the Windows error blue screen of death
1. One of the most common causes of this error is a device driver problem. See what are device drivers?
2. Another cause of this is Windows error blue screen of death is a hardware malfunction. This could mean that you have a bad piece of memory installed, or maybe even a failing hard drive. This is exactly why we need to pause the Windows error blue screen to see the error code that appears on it.
What does a blue screen of death error code look like?
When people see the Windows error blue screen of death they do not know what code to copy down. The important code is called a stop code and here are a few examples of what it looks like.
Stop 0x0000001E or KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED
Stop 0x00000024 or NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM
Stop 0x0000007B or INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
What you need to do is write down this code and then search for a solution in Google and don’t forget to have a free PC Performance Scan. There is also information on the Internet about this is Windows error blue screen of death and most of the error codes are listed with solutions to them. You can also search the Microsoft website and see if you can find an answer there.
Hopefully this article has helped you with your Windows error blue screen.