Shutting off Windows error reporting

So Windows has this error reporting feature to notify Microsoft of what went wrong when your PC locked up. Is there really a benefit to sending Microsoft this information?  Considering it eats memory like anything else I would contend the answer is no.  If you concur did you know there is a way to shut this feature off? 

Here’s how in XP:

1. Open your control panel
2. Click on Performance and Maintenance
3. Then click on System
4. Go to the Advance Tab
5. Click on the Error Reporting button at the bottom
6. Select Disable Error Reporting
7. Click the “But notify me when a critical error occurs”
8. Click Ok Twice.

It’s a good idea if you want to disable the reporting to make sure Windows still notifies you if a critical error occurs.  That way you have the needed information for troubleshooting and researching the issue.  And now you have a little extra memory free for use.

About brvanlanen

Just a thirty-something guy currently hanging it up in the greater Green Bay area. My post-high school educational background is mainly in the Information Technology field. Specifically I have an A.A.S. in Computer Network Systems and a B.S. in Information Systems Security, both from ITT Technical Institute, in addition to A and MCDST certifications. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and sports. My Christian faith is also important to me as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran and all my children attend a Lutheran grade school. When it comes to political leanings I am a conservative first and foremost which you will discover rather quickly. As for sports I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Posted on April 17, 2009, in IT Support, Tech Tips, Technology, Windows, XP. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Shutting off Windows error reporting.

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