An unexpected shutdown message is displayed when first login to Windows after restoring the system with System Recovery Disk (SRD)

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An unexpected shutdown message is displayed when first login to Windows after restoring the system with System Recovery Disk (SRD)
The message does not continue to occur on additional reboots.

Error Message

After a full OS recovery and reboot of a Windows Server, upon first login, a pop-up message (Windows Event Tracker) is observed. (Figure 1)

"Why did the computer shut down unexpectedly?"

 A reason is required in the Comment text field before proceeding.

Figure 1


This is a benign message and can be safely ignored.

Listed below are steps for a workaround to avoid generating the message when first login to Windows after restoring the system.

Workaround :

  1. Do not reboot soon after recovering the SRD restore, and go back to main menu.
  2. From the main menu choose 'Analyze'.
  3. Click the menu option, ‘Open Command Shell Window’.
  4. At the command prompt type: regedit and press the enter key.
  5. Navigate  to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE".
  6. From the FILE pull down menu choose, ‘Load Hive’.
  7. Navigate to the restored system's  "[Drive letter]:\Windows\System32\Config" folder.
    Note: [Drive letter] is a drive letter except X drive.
  8. Select the SOFTWARE file; it will be the one w/o a file extension then click the OK button.
  9. Enter  "restored_software" as a key name.
  10. Navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\restored_software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Reliability".
  11. Delete "LastAliveStamp" key.
  12. Navigate back to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\restored_software".
  13. Click Yes to save changes to the restored system's SOFTWARE hive.
  14. Close regedit.
  15. Type Exit at the Command Shell Window.
  16. Click the Exit bottom SRD main window.
  17. Reboot the recovered system.

Note: For more information regarding LastAliveStamp and Shutdown Event Tracker Tools, see Microsoft KB Article 778526:

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