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Windows XP blue screen crash on installing, message disappears too quickly to record it

Q: On installing one of the software packages on a new computer/OS/adapter-card I get a blue screen crash, but the diagnostic error information flies by too fast for me to note it!

A: Your system failure option is set to automatically restart, which is why the message is disappearing so quickly.

In the XP control panel, click the advanced tab.  Then in Startup and Recovery choose "settings".  Under system failure un-check "Automatically restart".  That way if you get a blue screen the computer won't restart  will leave the error message displayed with helpful diagnostic information

 

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