I just got a new laptop which did not come with any OS installed. I proceeded to setup an XP dual boot, and the installtion on the primary partition always restarts when I try to shut it down! This is bizarro - anyone experienced this before? Will I have to wipe the hd clean and start over? Thanks!
I figured it out, actually. I am dual botting XP twice because the laptop is for music performance and one install has nothing but music apps - no games, no graphics software, no Office, etc.
Turns out that 'Restart on Error' was selected in the advanced startup options and I was not seeing a blue screen informing me of a driver conflict. I restored the system to one of the earliest restore points (I made them as I installed each significant piece of software) and will now be more vigilant about determining what caused the problem.