Tech Tips / Windows XP / Performance Monitoring and Optimization

Get the inside details of a crash report

When a program crashes, Windows XP gathers information about the program, its code, and the actual crash. This data is then compiled into a special report. A dialog window appears, which prompts you to send the crash report to Microsoft.

While its delivery is optional, remember that Microsoft collects this information and creates fixes based on the data.

Details of the report can be viewed by clicking on the link that specifies: "To see what data this error report contains, click here." However, if you're skeptical about privacy, it's possible to disable Error Reporting. Here's how:

  1. Right-click on My Computer and select Properties.
  2. Go to the Advanced tab and click Error Reporting.
  3. Click Disable Error Reporting.

If you want Error Reporting only on certain applications, click Enable Reporting and then select Choose Programs.

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