How to Disable Automatic Restart in Windows XP

Disable automatic restart to troubleshoot system errors

Windows XP is programmed by default to restart immediately after a major error, such as one that causes a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). This reboot happens too quickly to record the error message for use in troubleshooting. This can cause a problem when several reboots occur consecutively, and you need to see the error messages in order to solve the problem causing the errors.

Disable Automatic Restart in Windows XP

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

  1. Go to the Control Panel in Windows XP by left-clicking on Start, followed by Settings, and then by choosing Control Panel.

  2. In the Control Panel window, open System.

    Note: In Microsoft Windows XP, depending on how your operating system is set up, you may not see the System icon. To correct this, click on the link on the left side of the Control Panel window that says Switch to Classic View.

  3. In the System Properties window, click on the Advanced tab.

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

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

  6. Click OK in the Startup and Recovery window.

  7. Click OK in the System Properties window.

Now when a problem causes a BSOD or another major error that halts the system, the PC will not automatically reboot. A manual reboot will be necessary.