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Windows 7: Win7 Restarts Second after Shutdown

05 Sep 2009   #1
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Win7 Restarts Second after Shutdown

After installing Windows 7 dual boot with XP on a Gateway 700LTD, I cannot shut it down. The PC restarts about a second after seemingly normal shutdown. Same now with the XP side, although I can get XP to hibernate while Windows 7 won't even do that - restarts seconds after it goes into hibernation. BIOS settings are all at default. No peripherals attached yet. Any suggestions?

Gateway 700S Pentium 4 1.8ghz x1
Intel Board D850GB AAA 49507-904 Bios p13 (v2.3)
528mb RAM NVDIA GeForce2 MX400
Creative SB Live sound
Needs BIOS update but only avail on floppy. Also won't boot from CD.

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06 Sep 2009   #2

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium

Go for the bios update, and the lates intel chipset drivers (a long shot, but you never know) - download from
If the intel drivers wont install because of an OS match do the following -
To install a driver OR program in compatibility mode - right click the setup.exe file - click properties - click compatibility - check run in compatibility with vista/xp etc - check run as administrator - leave the rest blank. Start setup.exe and install.
Have you checked the power settings - you may be able to work out aworkaround in advanced settings.
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11 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition
Try this fix for "windows restart after shut down"

Had this problem on a Dell XPS M1330 running Vista and then upgrading to Win 7 64bit. Try flashing or updating BIOS first. Then unplug the CMOS battery to reset BIOS. Remember CMOS holds the settings in BIOS. So when no power to CMOS, BIOS settings get wiped out. Reset to default settings in BIOS. This fixed my restart issue! I tried all kinds of fixes and this was the only one that worked! Not all are software related issues. Any hardware changes can cause this problem like adding a IDE drive to a SATA board. Make the drive a slave changing it from cable select for example. Hope this is useful to someone.
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