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Beginning in Windows 7, a change was made so that the BSOD (blue screen of death) would not be shown in an error by default, instead the computer would simply restart and you would be on your merry way. In most cases, this is fine, because BSODs happen, and if they don’t repeat there is nothing to get excited about. However, if it is persistent, then it indicates something more serious lurking beneath the surface, and the error code info is helpful in troubleshooting. Here is how to turn that off.

Disable automatic restart on BSOD

These instructions are for Windows 7, but they are pretty much the same with 8 and 10.

  1. Click Start and then on Control Panel. (in Win 8/10 just type “control panel”)
  2.  Choose System under the Control Panel
  3. Click on the System and Security link.
  4. Click on the System link.
  5. In the left side, click the Advanced system settings link.
  6. Find the Startup and Recovery section near the bottom of the window and click the Settings… button.
  7. In Startup and Recovery, uncheck the Automatically restart box.
  8. Click OK,
  9. Click OK
  10. Close any windows
  11. Bob’s your uncle, you are done!