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One of the issues users can get in Windows is Blue Screen Errors.
As listed on my Glossery page a Blue Screen Error is a useful safety feature.
A Blue Screen Error appears error appears when there is a failure of a driver to due what should.
This can be caused by either a bug in the driver or a hardware problem with a device.
If the error was caused by a hardware problem then continuing running Windows could cause corruption of files on disc or other bad things.
This page will help dealing with them.
First off Windows will not show a Blue Screen Error by default and will instead just reboot.
This is useful if you have an Error caused by a bug that you won’t see again but not good if it’s one you keep getting as it contains useful information.

Disable Automatic Reboot on Blue Screen

Here is howto disable the automatic reboot.

Windows XP

1. Click the Start button.
2. Right click on “My Computer” and click Properties.
3. Click the Advanced tab.
4. Click the Settings button under “Startup and Recovery”.
5. Uncheck “Automatically restart” under “System failure”.
6. Click OK and Click OK.

Windows Vista

See the article [ Help Troubleshoot the Blue Screen of Death by Preventing Automatic Reboot] at How-To Geek.