Stop Errors and the System Log

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How to troubleshoot stop errors using the system log.

Usually when your system blue screens and you get a stop error, an event is written to your System log. This even is Event ID 1003 and has the event source System Error and it contains the error code and the four parameters from your start screen. It’s important to check for this event in Event Viewer if you have your system configured to automatically restart after a stop screen (this is the default) as you may never actually see the stop screen, but you’ll need the error code at the minimum in order to try and troubleshoot.

Just a warning though—not all stop screens write this event to the System log. Sometimes your system crashes in such a way that it simply can’t do this! If you think this is happening, configure your system *not* to automatically restart after a stop screen (unless it’s a mission critical server). ')}

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