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Windows 7: Did A Ghost Restart My Computer?

06 May 2017   #1
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Did A Ghost Restart My Computer?

This is a new one for me. After some time doing everyday computer-stuff I stepped away from my machine for ~30 minutes. When I returned the login screen that appears when the machine is 1st turned on or restarted was displayed. Any way to find out why/what caused this?

-thx


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06 May 2017   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Was there a brief power outage while you were away. Sometimes these very brief power outages can go almost unnoticed by us, but electrical equipment is affected instantly.
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06 May 2017   #3
MourningStar

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
Was there a brief power outage while you were away. Sometimes these very brief power outages can go almost unnoticed by us, but electrical equipment is affected instantly.
thx 4 reply.

I suppose this is possible. However, why would the machine not simply stay off? I do not recall any 'restart-if-power-interruption-detected' setting or what-not as a feature of this machine.
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06 May 2017   #4
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Open Event Viewer with Eventvwr.exe, Navigate to Windows Logs\System, Right-Click on it and select "Filter Current Log…", Filter: Event log: System Event ID: 1074, double click on it to see details of the restart
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06 May 2017   #5
MourningStar

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

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06 May 2017   #6
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

something is initiating the restart so here's a few ideas:

1) Check task scheduler start > run > taskschd.msc
2) run an online virus scan Virus Scan & Free Virus Removal - Panda Security
3) try windows reliability monitor Windows Reliability Monitor - (Windows 8.1, 8, 7 Vista)
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06 May 2017   #7
MourningStar

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
something is initiating the restart ...
so, the event log was no help, correct?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
so here's a few ideas:

1) Check task scheduler start > run > taskschd.msc
2) run an online virus scan Virus Scan & Free Virus Removal - Panda Security
3) try windows reliability monitor Windows Reliability Monitor - (Windows 8.1, 8, 7 Vista)
hmmm, ... I don't think my skillset can be of much use here.

I have used this machine since bought in '09. As per the OP, it is the 1st and only time this has happened.
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07 May 2017   #8
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

the event log tells us that this was not an aberrant hardware problem but rather an initiated restart such as might be done by scheduled tasks you may not be aware of, like for instance an antimalware program, or may be caused by a virus, hence steps 1 and 2 above. If neither of those steps helps, step 3 is a furthur course of action. The fact that the machine has never done this before does not really mean anything.
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07 May 2017   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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.

Popping directly to login seems likely something updated whether that was windows or another utility ??
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07 May 2017   #10
Callender

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



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