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Windows 7: Did A Ghost Restart My Computer?

07 May 2017   #11
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
... The fact that the machine has never done this before does not really mean anything.
It means it has never done this before. This is really 'something'.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,If a power outage you'd most like not get a restart and even if you did would probably be directed to do you want to start windows normally or safe mode... screen.
true. however, my experience in this scenario is a restart occurs automatically if a choice is not made via a 30 sec countdown. So, this may have indeed occurred.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Popping directly to login seems likely something updated whether that was windows or another utility ??
Although I have Windows Update to 'never update without always notify'-type setting, I have on rare occasions encountered updates done without my knowledge. Perhaps MS snuck in an update that required and then initiated a restart unawares to me.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
I'd say check your power plan.
thx, settings have always been "Never Turn Off"

-thx everyone.


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07 May 2017   #12
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Even if you had a oc that failed it would of stuck waiting for F1 so weird is indeed a word to use
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07 May 2017   #13
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Let's have a look at energy report:

Run this command from an elevated command prompt.
powercfg /energy
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You might need to copy C:\Windows\system32\energy-report.html to desktop to view it. You should be able to drag the file into new window in your browser or just open it with your browser.

Or you can zip it and upload it.


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07 May 2017   #14
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

You may have had a system failure of some sort. Right click on Computer / Properties / Advanced system settings. Click the Advanced tab. Under Startup and Recovery click Settings. Is Automatically restart checked? If it is then it is entirely possible something happened. Go to C:\Windows / Minidump OR C:\Windows / MEMORY.DMP and check if there is a dump file.
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07 May 2017   #15
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Lance1 : thx, it is set for auto restart, however, dump directory is empty.

Callender : thx, I will pm you the energy report and continue this angle with you via pm later today, tomorrow for sure.
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07 May 2017   #16
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Also suggest:

Grab a copy of Process Logger Service:

Download NoVirusThanks Process Logger Service - MajorGeeks

Edit the config.ini file like this:
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Basically set options to log service stops/ starts as well as processes. The log path is up to you. Personally I set it to a non windows partition so I can still view it if windows partition needs to be restored.

It installs as a service and can be started/ stopped anytime. Click install.bat to install service and start logging. Click uninstall.bat to stop logging and remove service.
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I'd say that there's no need to run it unless you know that you are going to be away from your computer for some time. If you know that you are going to be away from your computer launch the service and if you get an unexpected reboot check the logs and look at what was recorded while you were away. Maybe it will provide a clue.


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07 May 2017   #17
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

ooohhh maannnn! some freak storm just blew thru southern California while I was out (a few days ago it was 95 deg@06:00pm, right now there's snow on my truck!). Upon return to the house the computer was off and all of the house clocks were blinking "12:00". well, I think all/any logs will be just that much harder to decrypt. I'll just put this on the shelf for now. I will re-visit this should the ghost return.

-Thx all.
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