I recently received a blue screen of death (BSOD) error on a Windows computer. However, upon restarting the computer and adjusting the BIOS settings, the BSOD error would still appear, but the computer was restarting so quickly that I didn't have time to analyze the specific BSOD error codes.
In other words, the BSOD screen would only appear for about a second, before Windows automatically restarted. Therefore, I was unable to retrieve the specific error codes needed to diagnose the BSOD error.
Here is a quick tip for not only those who got the BSOD, but also those who haven't met it.
Disable automatic restart after system error
Start by opening the Start menu and browsing the Control panel . Then select the list System in the Control Panel to access the System pane.
From the System window, select the option Advanced system settings, located along the left side of the window.
Finally, select the button Settings listed on the card Startup and recovery, Advanced System Properties.
The Startup and Recovery panel will launch, where needed clear the option Automatically restart and do click on button OK to apply.
This simple tip will prevent Windows from automatically restarting itself, in case of a BSOD error. Above, it has been said that even those who have not gotten a BSOD error should also deselect this option.
I didn't have this option cleared when I got a BSOD error on a Windows PC. Also, Windows didn't start in safe mode, so I couldn't access the desktop to activate automatic restart on disabled. Therefore, Windows kept rebooting itself and queuing the BSOD. In this case, Windows would obviously not respond to the option Start Windows normally .
With no CD / DVD drive on the PC to accept a Windows repair disc, I ended up reinstalling Windows via USB drive.
With the Automatically restart option turned off, Windows will stop at the BSOD so you can write down any specific error codes. Of course you can also restart your PC, simply by holding down the power button.
Before performing a full reinstall of Windows, you should also try to boot into the Recovery Options screen and troubleshoot using the tools present. Also, read my post on what to do if you're having trouble accessing Safe Mode in Windows.