Vista (like WinXP and other Windows versions) is set by default to
"Automatically restart" on "System failure". But, just like other Windows
versions, this can easily be changed by the user.
It's an easy fix at the end of a long mouse-click path:
Start | Control Panel | System | Advanced system settings (You'll need to
furnish Administrator credentials to get past here.) | Startup and Recovery
/ Settings. (Note that you can get to the System Properties page quickly by
just pressing Start + Break.)
When you finally get here, just remove the check from Automatically restart,
under System failure. Then OK your way back out to the Desktop.
Next time, you'll still get the BSOD, but this time, it will stay onscreen
forever - or at least until you press the hardware Reset button. This will
give you plenty of time to write down the Stop Code, including any text and
probably 4 strings of hexadecimal numbers. Post those VERBATIM here and one
of the true gurus (not ME!) will be able to interpret them for you and point
you in the right direction.
Actual hardware errors, including motherboard faults, often don't produce a
BSOD. But those are hardware problems that neither Vista nor any other
operating system can fix.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 7000
"fyremoon" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> It was the motherboard!
> Why can't Vista die with an error message rather than silently reboot?