Windows unexpectedly restarts or you receive a Stop error when you play or start Microsoft games

Article translations Article translations
Article ID: 315192 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q315192
Expand all | Collapse all

On This Page

Summary

This article describes what to do if Microsoft Windows unexpectedly restarts or you receive a stop error message when you play or when you start any of the Microsoft games listed in the "Applies to" section.

More information

A stop error message occurs when Windows stops responding. Hardware or software malfunctions can cause stop error message or an unexpected restart of the computer. Contact your computer manufacturer or Microsoft Windows Support to diagnose and troubleshoot stop errors.

Games are programs that rely on the hardware and drivers that you have installed on your computer. If any of these devices do not function correctly, Windows displays an error message and ends the game. It may appear that the game generated the error message but Windows informs you of the crash. Contact your computer manufacturer to obtain the latest hardware device drivers (sound and video card drivers) and the latest available version of the system BIOS. Also, install the latest antivirus signature updates and then scan the system for viruses. For information about how to contact your hardware manufacturer or Windows Support, see the "References” section.

You must turn off the automatic restart option to view the error message details. To turn off the Automatically Restart option, follow these steps, as appropriate for the operating system that you are running.

Microsoft Windows XP

  1. Click Start, and then right-click My Computer.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
  4. Under System failure, click to clear the Automatically restart check box.
  5. Click OK, and then click OK.
  6. Try to reproduce the error message.

Windows Vista

  1. Click Start
    Collapse this imageExpand this image
     Start button
    , click Control Panel, click System and Maintenance, and then click System.
  2. Click Advanced System Settings.
  3. Collapse this imageExpand this image
    User Access Control permission
    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  4. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
  5. Under System failure, click to clear the Automatically restart check box.
  6. Click OK, and then click OK.
  7. Try to reproduce the error message.
After you gather the error message details, contact your computer manufacturer or Windows Support to continue to troubleshoot the issue. If no specific cause of the failure can be located, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article. For more information about how to troubleshoot this kind of problem, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
303032 The game stops responding or closes unexpectedly when you start or play a Microsoft game

References

For information about how to contact the hardware manufacturer, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
65416 Hardware and software vendor contact information, A-K

60781 Hardware and software vendor contact information, L-P

60782 Hardware and software vendor contact information, Q-Z
Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

More information

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

Properties

Article ID: 315192 - Last Review: March 20, 2013 - Revision: 24.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Standard
  • Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion
  • Microsoft Age of Empires II Gold Edition
  • Microsoft Age of Empires III
  • Microsoft Age of Empires III : The WarChiefs
  • Microsoft Age of Mythology
  • Microsoft Age of Mythology Gold
  • Microsoft Age of Mythology: The Titans
  • Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe
  • Microsoft Dungeon Siege
  • Microsoft Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna
  • Microsoft Dungeon Siege II
  • Fable: The Lost Chapters PC
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: Century of Flight
  • Microsoft Freelancer
  • Microsoft Halo: Combat Evolved for PC
  • Microsoft Impossible Creatures
  • Microsoft Links 2003
  • Microsoft Links 2003 Championship Edition
  • Microsoft MechCommander 2
  • Microsoft MechWarrior 4: Black Knight
  • Microsoft MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries
  • Microsoft MechWarrior 4: Vengeance
  • Microsoft RalliSport Challenge PC
  • Microsoft Rise of Nations
  • Microsoft Rise of Nations: Gold Edition
  • Microsoft Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
  • Microsoft Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots
  • Microsoft Shadowrun (PC)
  • Microsoft eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: Dino Danger
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania
  • Microsoft Fable III for PC
Keywords: 
dftsdahomeportal kbhardware kbconfig kbprb KB315192

Give Feedback

 

Contact us for more help

Contact us for more help
Connect with Answer Desk for expert help.
Get more support from smallbusiness.support.microsoft.com