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

Applies to: Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe EditionMicrosoft Flight Simulator X Standard EditionMicrosoft Age of Empires III More

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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.

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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 Start button  , click
    Control Panel, click System and Maintenance, and then click System.
  2. Click Advanced System Settings.
  3. 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
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