Fixing Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown

Fixing: Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown.

What causes this? (fig.1)

Operating Systems affected: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 7,  before this message appears it would follow a Blue screen of Death (BSOD)

Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown

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The message: Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown will typically appear after a computer has had an unexpected shutdown or reboot, the most common reasons this will occour is:

Faulty hardware or incompable hardware.

  • So you may have just been doing nothing and your computer rebooted to the Blue screen (also known as blue screen of death) this may be caused by a faulty hardware component such as a hard drive even a Video card.
  • CPU overheating can cause a blue screen too, the heat sink/fan may be full of dust & the silicon that is between the CPU and the heat sink may be dry and in need of re-siliconing
  • Another reason might be the moment you plugged in a USB stick or some other external device into your computer, this may be that the device that you have plugged in is not compatable with you computer or the device maybe faulty itself.

Incorrect drivers - have just been installed for a device or software.

  • Also another common reason is drivers have been istalled for a piece of hardware that were not the correct drivers for the device, this will cause the system to become unstable crash, this doesn't just include physical devices, sometimes software will install virtual devices that can cause this crash to happen aswell.

So what ever the case is, if you can work out the time when the "Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown" message first started happening, you might be able to pin point it to one of the above diagonosis.

 

  1. Also see: http://www.kapcom.com.au/BSOD_irql_not_less_or_equal.html

 

It is important to remember that this "Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown" error can be cause by more than just these common causes.

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