About Windows Error Reporting

An Eminent Crash Reporting Technology

Windows Error Reports were first introduced by Microsoft in Windows XP. The usefulness of the tool compelled the developers to use the tool in the upcoming versions of Windows as well.

But what are these Windows Error Reports, you might ask. Let’s get to know them better.

In essence, Windows Error Reports is simply a tool to collect post-error debug information. This information can then be sent to Microsoft for analysis or the user can forcefully shut down the program that has stopped responding.

Either of these tasks requires the operating system to collect consent fro the user. All actions are taken only after this.

How Windows Error Reporting Generate Solutions

Windows Error Reporting is a quite flexible tool. It implements event-based feedback to gather information about the problems experienced by the hardware and software. This information is then reported back to Microsoft (after consent from the user) to check for any available solutions. And there are three processes involved in generating such solutions. These include:

  1. If the server has encountered the problem before or if the solution to the problem is known, a solution is rapidly forwarded back to the computer and displayed to the user.
  • If the problem is arduous or if it is being investigated, then it is bound to take some time before it sends a solution back to the user. In such a case, the server updates the user with a response indicating the status of the problem.
  • Finally, if the solution to the problem is unknown, then it will take some more time before the developers at Microsoft find a solution to the problem. In such a case as well, the reporting system will update the user with the status of the process and provide them with periodical updates on the progress that is made.

Checking Useful Crash Data From Various Associated Tools

Now, you might think that the reports generated are written in heavily-technical jargon. Therefore, you might feel incapable of going through them and understanding the complicated issues associated with them.

However, this is not true at all. With the help of simple tools provided in the Windows ecosystem, you can easily check the crash data.

Here are some of those tools:

  1. Application Log – Whenever an application crashes, the Application Log is the first tool to inform you about what went wrong. And it does so, by sending you a message stating the name of the application and showing that it stopped working. Furthermore, the Application Log also stores the Error events.
  • Fault Bucket – When you send your error reports to Microsoft, you can be doubly sure about the information regarding the events being stored for future purposes. In Windows Error Reporting, you can find this data under the Source column with the event ID containing all the data gathered from your computer in a detailed manner.
  • Problem Reports and Solutions – The Problem Reports and Solutions tools were implemented specifically for the Windows Vista environment. These solutions are present in the Control Panel under the System and Maintenance category. Usually, the Problem Reports and Solutions section contains all details regarding the crash and hang events that occurred along with the settings required to configure these errors.

Disabling Windows Error Reporting

There are times when the Windows Error Reporting system becomes quite irksome as well. Although it is quite handy, it sometimes reports numerous crash report permissions from the user. And this never stops to irritate the user. However, this can be easily fixed. Simply by disabling the error reporting system, you can prohibit all future reports.

However, before you do the same, you should know that the tool is quite beneficial for you as a user. With the help of these error reports, Microsoft can easily develop future patches that they can send to your computer to prevent any further events of reports arising in the future.

Steps For Disabling The Windows Error Reporting System

Keeping this fact in mind, here are the steps to disable the WER system:

  1. Start the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows Key + R.
  2. Enter the term services.msc and hit Enter.
  3. Next, right-click and hold the Windows Error Reporting Service.
  4. Click on Properties and then proceed to click Disabled that is available next to the Startup type.
  5. Click on Ok or Apply to apply the desired settings.
  6. Finally, you can close the Services window

Doing this will prevent the Error Reporting System from creating any further reports.

Maggie is a lifelong geek. She loves sharing tips and tricks about new technology and enjoys everything related to computers. Also an avid bookworm and you can always find her, in her favorite laboratory tinkering with computers, smartphones and other devices.