Random, and repeated rebooting are considered XP's number 1 complaint. Part of that is because people are not aware that Microsoft changed xp to
reboot by default, instead of giving you the blue screen of death.
It is rebooting for a reason however. Finding the reason is the hard part. It is a step by step logic. First thing is to think....was a piece of
hardware replaced, or software installed just before this started happening? Some virus cause similar actions, is the antivirus up to date and
You can find several articles about this
You can force XP not to reboot, and then read the event logs to help find out what is causing the stop error.
First you have to get into xp, and since it is only rebooting, you will need to startup in safemode. Start the computer, and just after the BIOS
screen, start tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Options Menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a
"keyboard error" message. To resolve this, restart the computer and try again. Use the arrow buttons to select SAFE MODE. Press Enter. The computer
then begins to start in Safe mode. When you are finished with all troubleshooting, close all programs and restart the computer as you normally
Windows XP lets you specify how the OS handles critical errors. To change this setting, select Start --> Control Panel --> Settings --> System (in the
Classic-style Start menu, Control Panel is under Settings). Click Advanced --> System And Recovery --> Settings. In the System Failure section, clear
the Automatically Restart check box --> click OK. Click OK here and in the next dialog. Reboot.
Now when Windows XP encounters a Stop Error, it will simply display a message on the screen and won't automatically reboot. Write down the STOP
ERROR code, if it bluescreens. The stop error will look something like this Stop 0x0000000A. Search google for that error, and follow the
If it does not blue screen, you can go to the event log, and look for the red errors. Then search for them on google.
To open Event Viewer, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, then click Administrative
Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. Or, open the MMC containing the Event Viewer snap-in.
2. In the console tree, click Event Viewer.
The Application, Security, and System logs are displayed in the Event Viewer window.
You should be aware that Microsoft has many articles about this problem. Here is one of
Here is an article
explaining how to run a repair on xp with the
original cd, without loosing any of your personal data.
best of luck.
[edit on 26-2-2005 by makeitso]