Restarting constantly

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Bigmike991

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Hey guys,
I've been having a lot of problems with my computer so I finally decided to just delete the harddirve and reload windows xp pro. Unfortunately, I am having the same exact problem that I was having before and that is the computer restarts constantly. It usually wants to restart when I load on new software, but complete virus free software such as my microsoft finger readers, windows service pack 2, and aol. During the install, the computer just shuts down with no warning and then restarts. Does someone know what could be causing this?
Thanks,
Mike
 

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It would help if you posted your exact specs ie make and model of system or if a custom build make and model of mb, video card, number of hd, number of optical drives, brand and wattage of power supply, etc.

Have you tested your hardware? Download and run both a memory tester and the hard drive mfg's utility for checking the drive. Both of these run from bootable media; no need for an os to even be installed. Once the hd and memory check ok, we can move on to checking other items and then try an install.
 
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I would start by testing (and replacing, if possible) the CPU fan (the system may be overheating -- the CPU would ramp up when installing software) and/or power supply.
 
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Disable auto restart and you should get a blue screen error with hopefully some informative message that you can note down and post back.

Control Panel - System - Advanced - Startup and recovery/Settings - uncheck "Automatically restart" and OK
 
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