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Stop Windows from asking if you want to send a report to Microsoft whenever a program crashes (tips)


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#1 ViperDan

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 09:58 PM

Whenever a program crashes, whether it’s a Microsoft application, a component of Windows, or a third-party application, a window appears, prompting you to send a "report" to Microsoft. If you actually believe that Microsoft will use the data you send them to fix bugs in Windows, I have some beach-front property in Nevada to sell you...

Here's how to disable this feature, either completely or selectively:

* Open System in the Control Panel (or right-click on the My Computer icon and select Properties.
* Choose the Advanced tab, and click Error Reporting.
* You can disable error reporting entirely here, or enable it selectively for certain programs. Click Ok when you're done.

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Edited by boopme, 16 April 2011 - 10:12 PM.
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Posted 16 April 2011 - 11:58 PM

Indeed......

I was just gonna reply to this thread thinking YOU WERE ASKING HOW TO DO THIS...

Fine business :)

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 06:49 PM

If you actually believe that Microsoft will use the data you send them to fix bugs in Windows, I have some beach-front property in Nevada to sell you...

Microsoft does make this data available to the third-party software vendor who made the program that crashed. They also use the data for statistical analysis, finding out what the most common causes for a crash is and then either fixing it themselves (if it's their fault, and sometimes even if it's not) or pressuring the vendor responsible to fix it. It also helps MS to identify the chief causes of Windows Component crashes and address them.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:59 PM

While it has been some years since I used the feature.

I can say with considerable certainty that MS does indeed follow up on the error reports as Andrew stated.

Several times after sending error reports I was actually directed to a link with a fix for the issue.

BTW. You can keep your property.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 11:11 PM

I too can confirm that Microsoft does indeed utilize that reported data. I in a previous incarnation was the Manager for the department that dispersed the monthly report Microsoft furnished us to the appropriate departments in our company. Yes we were a third party vendor.

I will pass on the real estate offer, as well.

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