Miscellaneous

About Windows Error Reporting


Windows Error Reporting is a system on the Windows operating system that allows the diagnosis and reporting of malfunctions of the system to the Microsoft sites.  The final goal is to create a system that is free of crashes and malfunctions by seeking out a database of all failures. The Microsoft engineers then get to find solutions for the most reported system failures and releases patches to them in the subsequent system updates. 

So basically, Windows Error Reporting is but the collection of data to understand how the operating system is performing on a real-time basis.  The user can take advantage of the error reporting to have better user experience with the computer.

Accessing the Windows Error Reports

With every operating system and computer, it is possible to access the error reports whenever the user so desires.  By going to the system maintenance and clicking on error reports; it is possible to have a log of the error reports that have been stored on the computer. How does error reporting help the user?

Solutions to problems

Most of the error causes, which have a prior occurrence, tend to have Microsoft work on the problem to deliver solutions to it.  These solutions are stored in the error reports file and can be accessed by the computer user to set right the problem at will. 

Database of Problems

In case the problem that is reported is not that common, or it is more recent in occurrence, then a log is made of the issue.  Microsoft, in delivering a better user experience to the customer is committed to providing solutions to problems that occur within a system on a real-time basis. Thus the error reports are a start to finding a solution to the problem, which eventually Microsoft comes to work out.

Fine-tuning the Windows experience has always been the aim of Microsoft, and the Windows Error Reporting is part and parcel of this effort to make things smoother and pleasant for the user. 

Future Action

When the situation reported by the Windows Error Report is not with a ready solution, then the Microsoft servers tend to deliver a wait message to the computer user. The issue is then reported to the third-party application developers, and when a solution is finally arrived at, the system updates the operating system to keep the applications working.

Buckets

Buckets essentially define how the error is reported to the Microsoft systems and an answer generated by the system. When accessing the Windows Error Reports; these logs are classified according to the order given below. 

  • The name, version, and build date of the Application in question.
  • The name, version, and build date of the Module under consideration.
  • System Error code
  • Module Code Offset

The broad four parameters, as set out in the above, define the entire process of error reporting and can be assured of finding a solution to the given problem in a time-bound manner. So if it is a specific bug that is causing problems with many applications, it would all be placed in a single bucket, thus making debugging more manageable and systematic. 

Final thoughts:
It has been seen in the past that the Windows Error Reporting system has primarily been responsible for the efficient operation of the operating systems and the associated computer systems. What has been observed with the error reports is that just a handful of bugs tend to create the majority of problems.  This is where the series of system updates that are released from time to time come into play in keeping the computer functional.

The error reporting is going to stay on for the immediate future and for those who find the reporting system rather a distraction, most versions of the Windows Operating System does have a feature to turn off the reporting at any time.  In each case, a report is generated and sent to the Microsoft servers only after due consent by the computer user. 


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