Get rid of that stupid “Send Error” Report

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Do you get tired of seeing this error report every time a Windows program malfunctions:

If you’re like me, you have better things to do than click “Send” or “Don’t Send” to tell Microsoft that their programs are messing up. There are lots of other people that do that anyway, so Microsoft stays well-informed of their problems without you and I volunteering our time to help them out.

Good news! You don’t have to do that any longer. Here’s how to disable it:

1. Click Start

2. Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties

3. Click the “Advanced” tab

4. Click the “Error Reporting” button

5. Check “Disable error reporting”, but also check “But notify me when critical errors occur”

Click OK twice, and don’t be bothered by that error message any more!

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June 23rd, 2008

Scott —
Many thanks for the info on disabling that annoying reporting message. Here’s an unrelated question:

Is there a way to configure the start up menu so that fewer processes are constantly running in the background? I mean are they all necessary? Surely they slow down the computer?


beth pulsipher
June 23rd, 2008

thanks for telling me how to disable the error report – so glad to not have to mess with than anymore.

Danny B
June 24th, 2008


Would it be possible for you to flag your tips with information on whether they apply to Windows XP, Vista, W2K, Win9x, just some of these versions, or all versions of Windows?

Scott Johnson
June 24th, 2008


1. Yes, there are things you can do so that fewer programs are running – if fact, there are a LOT of things you can do. This is a project I am working on right now – look for an announcement in the next few weeks about this.

2. Just about all of the tips in my blog would apply to XP or Vista, since those are the operating systems used by the vast majority of users today. It would be unsafe to use a computer with Windows 98, since it cannot be properly secured for internet use. There are still a few Windows 2000 users, but they really need to think about upgrading or replacing that computer if it is that old. It is probably safe to assume that my tips are for XP or Vista and if it is specific to one or the other, I will mention it in the post.

Thanks for the input!

July 23rd, 2008

thanx yar for ur information

August 3rd, 2008

can you disable the error message if you have an ME version of windows ? there is no “advanced” tab under my computer properties.

Scott Johnson
August 3rd, 2008

Sorry my friend…I have not worked on a Windows ME computer in quite some time, and can’t tell you if there is a procedure available to disable that error message from coming up.

There may be something on the Microsoft website about this, but I suspect Microsoft is trying to block that whole “Windows ME” experience from memory 🙂

August 10th, 2008

Thank you

September 12th, 2008

Hi i ve done all the steps but now somthing alse its comming up, like Internet Explorer has incounter a problem and then Close???

December 30th, 2010

(unsafe/not safe) there is a lot of people using older Microsoft products nowadays., myself prefer to use win2k as my prefer operating system. My pc is only 1 year old, I do have an Xp and Vista discs but still prefer 2k is faster no slow downs and no crashes. Yes, eventually will have to upgrade sometime in the future because of the websites lack of support or other software. I understand that the last post here is over 2yrs old but I had to say something after I read the last comments which got me very annoyed.(scott Johnson).
Using an older operating system could be or maybe be unsafe if you keep personal data like personal addresses or if you do online banking. And even if you do use a newer operating systems you still at risk there is no safety when you go online period.
Is like driving you car in the freeway, it doesn’t matter if you drive a brand new car or an old car either can be involved in an accident/car-crash. The only protection will be your car insurance in this case a good Antivirus and Firewall program to protect your PC. And if your are worried about protection do your online banking or web surfing with a dial up modem. With DSL or Broadband you have an static IP address for you PC is same address everytime you connect to the internet it is very easy to track and with a dial up connection that changes everytime you make a connection. I have been running Win2000 pro since 2001 to present and I have never, never, never had a security issue with it. There, there you have it.

Scott Johnson
December 30th, 2010

Reply to “Annoyed” – Thanks for the input. The user mentioned above did not say anything about Windows 2000. The discussion was about Windows ME, which any tech will tell you was a piece of crap. Its awfulness is not because it is an “older Microsoft product” – it was terrible when it was brand new.

Aside from that, if you want to use Windows 2000, that’s fine for you. Like you said, at some point you will be forced to upgrade out of necessity (probably for security reasons). Why not upgrade at your leisure, instead of on an urgent basis because your antivirus will no longer work?

You mentioned a few other things, such as:
– “there is no safety when you go online period”
– “using an older operating system could be or may be unsafe”
– “if you are worried about protection do your online banking with a dialup modem”

I will not go into why each of those statements actually support my position, only to advise everyone to consider all the facts and come to their own intelligent conclusion. I also removed your instructions about editing the registry – that can be a recipe for disaster depending on a person’s skill level, and you said nothing about backing up the registry first.

Thanks again for your input.

December 30th, 2010

Wow!! thanks for this very, very quick response. I did not expected it so soon…
Thanks for the error correction, forgetting to post to “back up the registry first”
But, I believe that your answer should off been directed to the readers of backing up the registry first before making the registry changes and not deleting the important information that people are seeking.
As you said:
Editing the registry can be a recipe for disaster depending on a person’s skill level.
And to advise everyone to consider the facts and come to their own intelligent conclusion when making those changes.

Scott Johnson
December 30th, 2010

Having written newsletters and computer tips for over 10 years, and having dealt with hundreds of computer owners, I can tell you it would not be enough to just say “back up the registry first”. I would need to provide detailed instruction on how to do that.

The more fundamental advice I am offering is to keep your Windows operating system as current as you are comfortable with. For me, Windows XP is very good, and Windows 7 is wonderful. If you are comfortable with using Windows 2000, that’s fine for you. I just can’t go along with it as a general endorsement because I don’t believe it is a good plan. Thanks again –

amber weekes
January 4th, 2011

god bless you i load one sight i got 20 or more error reports cant get back on the web until i delete most of my stuff and do a system restore agaun god bless you