Your computer may be rebooting on its own because of some serious bug or issue in the computer. The BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error is the other name for the computer rebooted from a bugcheck in Windows 7, Windows 10, and Windows 11.
A BSOD can cause your computer to reboot again and again or even freeze it on the rebooting screen.
In this article, we will tell you the reasons for the bugcheck repeatedly rebooting your computer and ways to fix it.
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While you are anxious to fix the problem as quickly as possible, here are a few things that you need to know. So, before moving to the troubleshooting, we would like to tell you the reasons behind the problem along with some background information.
What is ‘the computer has rebooted from a bugcheck’?
It is a message shown in the event viewer of your PC. It means the computer was rebooted because of a serious bug in the system. This bug can occur if you use a buggy software or application or have just updated or installed some software on your computer that has bugs in it.
Whatever the bug is, the message shown is pretty much the same except for the bugcheck code. The message reads:
The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was-
- and many more.
What causes a bugcheck?
There are mainly three types of software, system, utility, and application software.
Your computer is always running some software in either background or foreground while it is on. Error in running software causes error in bugcheck. The error can be the result of faulty software itself or interference of other software with the running software.
Usually, a bugcheck notifies of the bug or error but restarts the system when the bug is serious.
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How do you read a BSOD: Blue Screen of Death?
The Blue Screen of Death automatically appears on the screen in case of some serious bug with little information and looks like the below image.
However, you can check the event Viewer for more information about the BSOD.
Use the following steps to read BSOD in the event viewer:
- Press Windows + X to open the Quick links menu and select Event Viewer.
- Now go to Windows Logs wait for a few seconds to let it load.
- Then double click on System to view system logs and again wait for a few seconds.
- You will see the time in front of all the log entries. Open the entry for the time your system had BSOD and read the information about the reboot.
How to fix the computer that has rebooted from a bugcheck?
Using the right troubleshooting technique, you can fix the computer that has rebooted from a bugcheck. However, you must know which software or application is causing the problem. Use the following troubleshooting method to repair the computer that is rebooting due to a bugcheck:
Run a memory check
Running a memory check gives a list of problems in your computer the next time it restarts. You can easily fix the repeated rebooting issue by either updating or removing problematic software or application.
Use the following steps to run a memory check on your computer:
- Firstly open the Run feature on your Windows computer or laptop by pressing Window + R.
- Now, enter mdsched.exe in the field and click Ok.
- Then click on Restart now and check for problems (recommended).
- Subsequently, the computer will restart.
- Once the computer is booted again, it will show a list of problems in the system.
Update problematic drivers
Many a time, the bug rebooting your computer lies in the device driver. Old device drivers become incompatible with other new software and hardware. Keep most (if not all) of your device drivers to fix the bugcheck problem.
Use the following steps to update a driver:
- Firstly press Window + R keys on your keyboard to open Run feature.
- Now enter devmgmt.msc in the text field then click Ok.
- Afterwards find and right click on the driver you want to update and click on Update driver.
- Afterwards, select Browse my computer for driver software and locate the the update you have already downloaded in your computer from the internet.
- Subsequently follow the on-screen instructions for installing the update.
Uninstall problematic drivers
If updating the device driver doesn’t fix the problem, Uninstalling the problematic driver can be a run around from the problem. You can tell if a driver is causing the problem by running a memory check, or you started getting the problem after installing that specific driver.
Use the following steps to Uninstall a device driver:
- Press Window + R keys on your keyboard to open the Run feature on your Windows computer or laptop.
- Then type to enter devmgmt.msc in the text box and click Ok.
- Now find the Driver you want to uninstall, right click on it then select Uninstall Device or Uninstall Driver depending on the driver.
- Subsequently follow the on-screen instructions and the driver will be uninstalled.
Use a restore point to restore to a state where problem was not introduced
You can create a restore point in your computer that you can use to restore to the previous version and settings if your computer encounters some problem. If you or the system itself has created a restore point, use the following steps to restore the system to a previous state:
- Firstly press the Window or Start option on your desktop and search restore point in the search box and click the first option that is Create a restore point.
- In the system protection tab, click on System Restore.
- Subsequently, a new window will open, click Next.
- Select the Restore point to which you want to restore your Computer then click Next. The chosen restore point must be of before the time the problem was introduced in your system.
- Subsequently click Finish in the new window.
- Lastly, a warning message will appear, click Yes to confirm and start system restore process.
However, if there is no restore point saved, you will have to restore it to the default settings.
Create a memory Dump and analyze it
A system dump stores information about the software crashes.
Debugging by analyzing the dump is quite tricky and needs a good knowledge of debugging. However, we will brief you on the method of debugging by analyzing the dump.
You can create a system dump by following these steps:
- In the file explorer, go to This PC.
- Right click anywhere in the blank space and click on Properties.
- Now open Advanced system settings from the left panel.
- Then head to the Advanced tab and in the Startup and Recovery section click on Settings.
- Make sure the Automatically restart checkbox is marked and select Automatic memory dump in the drop-down menu.
- Remember the name and directory of the dump file with the .DMP extension and click Ok.
Now go to the directory and create a copy of the dump file on your desktop.
Download Windows SDK Installer that is made for developers to analyze the dump. However, you only need to install Debugging Tools for Windows among all the installable features.
Now do the following steps to perform a memory dump file diagnosis:
- Open the WinDbg application (64 or 32 bits, as the case may be).
- Select File > Open crash dump.
- Go to the desktop and select the file that we copied.
- The analysis will begin to run.
- Click the link “run analyze -v”. This step will provide more information about the events recorded in the dump file.
- In the report, you will see a line that says “IMAGE NAME”. It is the driver file’s name that is potentially causing the error.
After reading this article, you can fix the problem of automatic rebooting otherwise known as BSOD: Blue Screen Of Death. The five troubleshooting methods in this article will surely help you.
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Why did my PC reboot?
If your PC has rebooted by itself, it might be because of a bug in the software or application running in the background or foreground.
What are windows reboot logs?
Windows reboot logs are the record of Windows shutdown and restart along with errors (if any). You can see windows reboot logs by entering ‘eventvwr‘ in the Run box (Windows + R). Then go to Windows Logs > System > Open.
How do I view a memory DMP?
You can open a memory DMP using the Windows SDK. To see the location of the memory Dump, go to — (Short Steps)
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