BSOD's too brief to read

  Spark6 09:39 09 Feb 10
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I am unable to remember how to set the system up to retain a BSOD when it occurs. Please advise.
XP Pro SP3, the BSOD does not occur too often but as I'm unable to read it I'm stuck with it!

Out shopping now, back later.

  Technotiger 09:57 09 Feb 10

Right click my computer and select properties. Click the advanced tab and under start up and recovery click settings. Under system failure un-tick Automatically restart.

Now whenever you get a blue screen your PC won't restart and it will display the error message for as long as you like.

  Spark6 13:46 09 Feb 10

Many thanks, I'll give it a try. This is happening on a friend's machine that has a noisy hard drive. My recommendation has been to renew the drive but I'd still like to know what is on the message!
The contents are backed up.

  Technotiger 15:27 09 Feb 10

Noisy hard drive -yep, looks like your friend will need a new one, especially if the noise is a 'rattle' type of noise - and yes, the error message produced would be interesting.

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