Microsoft wants all the information it can get in order to improve its products. That’s why, whenever a MS program crashes or does something unexpectedly, you get a little window that pops up asking you to click a button to let Microsoft know what just happened. It’s your option, but you have to choose.
For me, I never send these error reports. Maybe that means I’m not a team player, but I just figure that enough other people do it so I don’t really need to. Besides, it’s really not my job to assist Microsoft with their product development.
If you don’t want to be bothered with those messages, you can disable them. Here’s how:
Disable error reporting in Windows XP:
1. Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties
2. Choose the Advanced tab
3. Click the Error Reporting button
4. Check “Disable Error reporting” and also check “But notify me when critical errors occur”
5. Click OK a couple of times to close the open windows
Disable error reporting in Windows Vista:
1. Click the MS logo (in lower left) and go to Control Panel
2. Double click on Administrative Tools
3. Double click on Services
4. Scroll down the list to find Windows Error Reporting Service and double click to open it
5. In the “Startup Type” menu, choose “Disabled”
6. Click OK and close other windows
Disable error reporting in Windows 7:
1. Click the Microsoft logo and type gpedit.msc in the search field, and hit Enter (this opens the Local Group Policy Editor)
2. In the left sidebar, navigate down folder levels in this order: Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Systems – Internet Communication Management – Internet Communication Settings
3. Look in the main window for “Turn off windows error reporting” – double click on that option, and choose to Enable it
4. Click OK and close the remaining windows
After you make the change, your computer may require a restart before the new option takes effect.