So it happens. Every once in a while you’re going to get a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in Windows 7. Now it typically occurs due to bad drivers causing conflicts but it could also be caused by Windows 7 itself. No operating system is perfect – each and every one has their flaws.

However, this post is not about which operating system is or isn’t better – this post is about getting a chance to read a BSOD that happens on your system so you can do some troubleshooting.

You see by default Windows 7 is set to re-boot your computer following a BSOD and unless your savvy at digging through the dump files it leaves your going to possibly miss a key indicator in why your system BSOD’d.

Now there is a way to reset that default re-boot and leave the BSOD on your screen until you force the re-boot and here is how you do it:


First type View Advanced System Settings in your Start Menu search box and hit return.


This is the system dialog box you will get – now click on the Settings button under the Startup and Recovery section.


See the highlighted checkbox labeled Automatically Restart? Just uncheck that box and hit OK two times, once on this dialog and once on the subsequent dialog.

That is it. In the future should you happen to have a BSOD happen the system will stay put on the BSOD so you can read it and try to help troubleshoot what caused the error.