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Blue screen when restarting Vista


Active Member
Every time I do a restart in Vista I get the blue screen which gives me no clue as to why and the computer will not start. Cannot even get into safe mode.

However if I shut down and turn the computer on then I have no issues.

This started after a restore from a disk image taken after a clean install. Gave up trying and reinstalled the lot but still getting the issue. After the fresh install all was OK until I think the windows update ran. Not sure what in the update would cause this!!



Standard Member
Sometimes windows updates can provide newer drivers for some things in your computer, maybe its updated a driver for something and this is where the problem arises. Vista is pretty decent for detecting and logging problems, have a look in event viewer and see what is listed..

control panel > admin tools > event viewer


Distinguished Member
Try re-installing again, but this time only download Windows Updates. Don't (better yet NEVER) download ANY driver dowloads from Windows Update.


Active Member
So if I can see a hardware driver installed is it possible to uninstall this update and apply the manufacturer driver? i.e. not reinstall the whole thing!


Distinguished Member
Yes have a look in View update history within Windows update app at the list of previously installed driver updates. If it's Blue screening as soon as windows is booting it's more than likely a disk controller/chipset driver.


Active Member
Finally managed to sort this. Did another fresh install and installed all my drivers before connecting to the internet. Stoped update from installing any drivers and all appears to be ok.

Thanks for all your help.

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