Your computer is essentially blue screening ... hence the restart...
Windows XP has a feature that is enabled by default, which automatically
reboots the computer when a BSOD ("Blue Screen of Death") is encountered. If
your computer is automatically rebooting, disabling this feature will allow
to see the error message on the BSOD.
To disable this feature, open System Properties by right clicking on My
Computer and selecting Properties. You also can hold down the Windows key on
your keyboard and press Pause/Break or use the System Control Panel to
access this screen.
Once you have System Properties open click on the Advanced tab, then click
on the Startup and Recovery button at the bottom. When the Startup and
Recovery panel opens simply uncheck Automatically Reboot. Then select OK
twice to accept. Now the next time your computer encounters the problem you
will be presented with a screen that will help you track down the issue you
Having that info, you can then have a pretty good idea what is causing the
If this doesn't apply to you, then go see
http://www.aumha.org/a/shtdwnxp.htm for more possibilities
Jason Tsang - Microsoft MVP
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> Clicking the RESTART buttom causes the system to shut down.
> Tabbing to the RESTART buttom, and then using the ENTER
> key causes the system to shut down.
> Software install's that automatically RESTARTS the system
> also causes shutdown
> The Stand By and Turn Off modes work correctly, and my
> systems runs like a charm.
> The problem has just recently occured.
> Thanks for any help.