XP is designed around the NTFS file system and is much more stable. It's designed to restart, then it does a short diagnostic and if necessary will perform a chkdsk. Because NTFS is so much more stable, error checking is rarely needed.
Leave it be.
But if you just have to mess with it, go here:
Control Panel, System, click the Advanced tab, on the Setup and Recovery, click Settings. Under System Failure, uncheck Automatically Restart.
Have you considered getting a UPS?
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Windows XP Pro, Media Center 2005 with Update Rollup 2
Microsoft Service Pack 2
Athlon 64 (V) 3400+
Memory Installed 512 MB
100 GB Hard Drive with 78 GB free space
I.E. 6.0, SP2
On my old W98SE machine whenever there was a power failure and the machine turned off, it would stay off until I pressed the Power button. It would then scan the disk for errors and fix them if any were found.
On this WXP machine, when there is a power failure it turns off and immediately comes back on (the power is usually only off for a second or two) and it does not scan the disk for errors.
First, where is the option to not have the machine turn on automatically after a power failure? I know I saw this somewhere when I was exploring different things when I first got this machine, but can't remember where.
Second, is it good practice to have the machine come on automatically after a power failure?
Third, should I run check disk whenever this happens? I have been doing it, but don't know if it's really necessary.
Would appreciate any advice.