At times, a Windows personal computer will reboot itself to recover from a computer crash. This rebooting might also be accompanied by a quick flash of the infamous Blue Screen of Death, an error message Microsoft Windows sometimes generates after a crash. Some PC users probably don't mind if their computer reboots occasionally, but it can become concerning if their PC continuously restarts itself, seemingly on an endless loop.

A number of causes could be at fault, including a hardware crash, software problems or even a virus. Other times, a computer may be shutting itself off because it's becoming too hot. A strange rattling noise can sometimes suggest a broken fan, which may lead to an overheating problem.

The best way to tackle the problem is to identify the root cause, which can then help PC users take the right computer repair approach. They must first stop the string of reboots by following these steps.

1. Right-Click "My Computer" and select "Properties"
2. When the "Properties" dialog box pops up, select the "Advanced" tab
3. Under "Advanced," select "Start-up and Recovery" and then click "Settings"
4. Uncheck the "Automatic Restart" box and click "OK"
5. Reboot the computer

This will prevent the computer from automatically restarting when an error message pops up, leaving the Blue Screen of Death up on the screen long enough for a user to read it.

Running any error codes through the support search box on might provide users a better idea of what's plaguing the computer. Once they know what's wrong, they may be able to fix the problem fairly simply, whether it be through anti-virus software or a System Restore. A Washington, D.C. computer repair professional may need to be consulted if the problem can't be fixed through simple at-home remedies.