Joanne Corrigan Doyle's six-month-old laptop is restarted every few minutes. "Can I change anything … to fix it?"
Yes and maybe. There is a setting that you can change and at least give you a hint about the problem. But the hard part starts after you receive this hint.
Let us take you to a point where your crashes contain some useful information.
- Go to the Find tool in your Windows version, type
sysdm.cpland select the program of the same name
- Click the tab Advanced  Click the Settings button under Startup and Restore (unlike the dialog box (1
- You can also check if write an event to the system log if it is not already enabled.  windows10systemproperties "width =" 700 "height =" 375 "data-imageid =" 100762725 "data-license =" IDG "/> IDG
Windows System Properties Window in Windows 10.
Now, your system will not simply restart if it stops running, assuming you're not using Windows 10, you'll get a blue screen with intimidating text this egg There is no stopping error, but everyone else prefers a descriptive term: The Blue Screen of Death (BSoD).
What kind of text on screen, what should you consider? First and foremost, the second paragraph on the screen, which appears in capital letters. Make a note of this. Also note the "Technical Information" at the bottom of the screen. But the second paragraph above contains the most useful hints.
For Windows 10, Microsoft has redesigned BSoD to be less frightening. I like to call this new version the Blue Face of Death (though it's more of a Cyan face of death). Let's see if this nickname prevails.
Whatever you call it, you can not miss the necessary hint. The words displayed on the screen tell you pretty much what to look for.
After rebooting, use your favorite search engine to find out what the Internet is saying about this particular bug. In all likelihood it will be a bad driver that can easily be replaced by a download from the manufacturer's website.
But it could be a bit more difficult, like broken RAM. I recommend MemTest86 to solve this problem. You can read my previous article for details on its use.
This article was originally published as Answer Line column by Lincoln Spector on September 11, 2015.Comment on this article and other PCWorld content, visit our Facebook page or our Twitter feed.