One of the great enigmas of the Windows operating system has been the error reporting “feature”. When an application or process crashes, by default, Windows will pop up a message box prompting you to either send an error report or not to send an error report. If you chose to send the error report … well in reality, nothing good will ever come of it because in all likelihood the program that caused the error is not a Microsoft product. And why would Microsoft change their software to fix someone else’s problem? If it is a Microsoft application that crashes, it’s still highly unlikely that they will use this information to fix any problems. After all nothing is ever Microsoft’s fault. And can you imagine the amount of data that would be transmitted from all over the world from every PC connected to the Internet when an application fails for any reason at all?
The error reporting does you or your computer no good. It won’t recover an unsaved data you may have lost and it won’t make the application work any better the next time you run it. So why not disable it? Well, you can and here’s how you do it:
- Open Control Panel
- Click on Performance and Maintenance
- Click on System
- Then click on the Advanced tab
- Click on the error reporting button on the bottom of the windows.
- Select Disable error reporting
- Click OK
- Click OK
The next time a program encounters an error it can’t recover from, it will simply disappear which is exactly what happens after you are prompted to send off or don’t send off an error report. Except now you don’t have to wait for a report to be generated and information about your computer won’t be sent out over the Internet. This will in no way, shape or form have any affect on any program you run. Everything will run exactly as it did before.