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Automatically Reboot on the 'Blue Screen of Death' (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular

Windows will usually freeze when getting a dreaded 'Blue Screen of Death' (BSOD). Changing this setting will force Windows to automatically reboot when it crashes instead.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below.

Change the value of 'AutoReboot' to equal '1' for automatic reboot, or '0' for disabled.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Note: This function can also be enabled from 'Control Panel -> System -> Startup/Shutdown -> Automatically Reboot'. This feature is enabled by default on NT server, and disabled on NT Workstation.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|AutoRebootREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashCon...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl]
Value Name: AutoReboot
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: March 20, 2002