Hey guys my pc restarts on its own, it's pretty old.
I have a primary drive and the OS is installed on it.
Could i make the primary drive a secondary drive, and get a new hard drive and install the OS on that one, making it the new primary drive.
So when it restarts, does it do the whole windows is saving your setting and Windows is shutting down.
or does it just go from windows right to the post screen (like your hit the reset button on your case)
Sounds like it is most likely a hardware problem, But it could be software, Spontaneous reboots are the worst because it can be almost any thing, bad ram, motherboard, Powersupply, bad drivers. Usually if it is bad software you will get a blue screen as well.
My experience Spontaneous reboots is has been ram or power supply that is bad.
If it is super old (5 years+) I would recommend just getting a new computer. even a new cheap $300 computer would kick on old computer's butt. And safe you a head ache of trying to trouble shoot the problem.
As far as the hard drive question, yes you can do that. There is a chance it would fix it, if it is a software problem and not a hardware.
what if it's a virus?
I've tried starting it up in safe mode, but it still restarts on me.
Does anyone know how i can get rid of it if it is a virus ?
I don't think viruses can do a hard restart like that.
But if it is a virus then reinstalling windows will remove it.
Oyeah over heating can also cause a reset. (if the computer gets to hot, it will reset it self to prevent hardware damage
clean out all of the dust and crap that can get trapped inside a case. If you have them use a can a compressed air or air-compressor works wonders for cleaning out dust.
^agreed, assuming of course it is the proper wattage and what not. You could pick up a PSU tester from Best Buy or Fry's. Simple to use and you can look up the correct voltages online but most testers will sound an alarm if there is a bad rail or low/high voltage.