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How Can I Locate the Cause of a Sudden Re-boot?

A STOP error is usually the cause of a sudden restart. Depending on your system configuration, the Blue Screen error message will not be displayed on screen long enough for you to read. This happens because Windows is set to automatically re-boot whenever a STOP error occurs. In order to resolve this problem, configure Windows so that it doesn’t automatically re-boot when a STOP error occurs:

  1. Windows 10/8.1/8 users press [Windows Key] + [X] and choose Control Panel. In Windows 7/Vista/XP, click on Start > Control Panel.
  2. Select Large icons from the View by drop-down list (Windows 10/8.1/8/7), or click on Classic View (Windows Vista/XP).
  3. On Windows 8/7/Vista, click on System, then Advanced system settings.
  4. Click on the Advanced tab, then click on Settings under Startup and Recovery.
  5. Untick the option Automatically restart, then click OK > OK.

Close the Control Panel and re-boot your system.

Try to reproduce the error again. Use the error information in the STOP error displayed on screen to then find the cause of the problem.