My server rebooted and I am not sure why. Is there a way to find out, e.g. perhaps someone did it manually, or as a result of a windows update or a blue screen?

I've looked in the Event Viewer, but I am not sure what to look for - there are million items there.

  • Every event has a related Event ID. In the future, all you need to do is search the web for the ID of the event in question (in this case, a shutdown), and filter the log for that ID.
    – MDMarra
    Dec 16, 2011 at 20:11

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You want to filter for Event ID 1074 in the System logs. That's the ID for shutdown.

If it wasn't a clean shutdown, you're going to have to sort through the memory dumps.


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