Windows Error Reporting (WER) is one of the most useful features in Windows 10. It allows you to report problems directly from within Windows 10. This feature is very helpful because it lets Microsoft know about bugs and issues in Windows 10 without having to wait for end users to contact support.
The WER tool collects information about crashes and hangs from devices running Windows 10. When a problem occurs, the system sends crash data to Microsoft via email. You can use this information to help identify and fix bugs.
How To Use Windows Error Reporting
To begin reporting a bug, select “Report a Problem.” Then, choose whether to send error reports to Microsoft or to another party. If you want to submit a report to Microsoft, you must provide a valid email address.
If you’re sending a report to someone else, you’ll need to enter their name and email address. You can also specify what type of issue you’ve encountered. For example, you could say “I’m experiencing a problem with my computer,” or “My device isn’t working properly.”
Once you’ve filled out the form, press Send. A confirmation screen appears to let you know that your submission is being sent.
Windows Error Reporting is one of those things that seems like a good idea at the time, but turns into a nightmare once you start digging deeper. If you disable it, you won’t see any errors pop up in the Event Viewer. However, there are some downsides to doing so.
First off, you’ll miss out on security patches and other important features. Second, you’ll miss out entirely on bug reports that could help fix problems. Third, you’ll miss out completely on critical information about what’s happening on your computer.
If you’re running an older version of Windows, you might want to consider disabling Windows Error Reporting. But keep in mind that you’ll still see errors pop up in the event log. So if you’re looking to avoid seeing errors, you’ll probably want to turn this off.
Error reporting is turned on by design in every version of Windows, even though it doesn’t always work well. In fact, Microsoft says that “error reporting is enabled by default because many people find it helpful.” However, there are some things you can do to disable error reporting.
Scroll down to Computer Management and double-click on the Service named Event Viewer. Select the Log File tab and scroll down to the bottom of the list. Click on the event viewer log file name and select Properties. Change the setting under Application Errors/Warning to Disabled.
If you’re running Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10, you’ll want to use the Services applet instead. Open up the Start menu and type in Services. Right-click on the Services window and select Manage. Find the service called Event Viewer and double-click on it. Go to the Logging tab and change the settings to Disabled.
For Windows XP, you’ll want to go into the Add or Remove Programs section of the Control Panel and uninstall the program called Event Viewer. If you don’t know how to do that, check out our guide here.
To turn off the error reporting system, you must access the Services panel. Scroll down and find theWindowsErrorReportingServiceunder theservicessection.
Click on the dropdown list to select Disabled from the menu. This will prevent the service from starting up.
To disable Windows Error Reporting using the Group Policy Editor, follow the instructions below:
Win+R, gpeddit.msc, Computer configuration, Administrative templates, Windows components, Disable windows error reporting, apply, ok, exit, restart system
This option is available only to Window Pro, Ultimate, and enterprise users. When disabled, errors won’t be reported to Microsoft.
To disable error reporting, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ Windows Error Reporting and create a new DWORD(32bit)value named Disable Error Reporting. This change will take effect after rebooting the computer. Don’t forget to double-check if there are any other values that might interfere with the new setting.
Microsoft has announced that it will no longer send error reports to its servers for older versions of Windows. Instead, users are encouraged to use the Error Reporting tool within Windows 10 itself. “We know many people rely on our support tools to help resolve issues,” wrote Brandon LeBlanc, a program manager for Windows Insider Program. “However, we’ve heard feedback that some customers prefer to report errors directly to us.”
The move follows a similar one made earlier this month by Apple. In January, the tech giant stopped accepting error reports for MacOS Mojave and El Capitan. While the change was welcomed by some, others found it confusing. “I’m confused about what I’m supposed to do now,” tweeted one person. “What happened to just reporting problems?”
In both cases, the companies’ reasoning was simple: They want to focus on fixing bugs rather than dealing with complaints. “Our goal is to make sure you’re getting great software, and we don’t want to distract ourselves with things like error messages,” explained Apple CEO Tim Cook during his keynote address at WWDC 2018.
In Windows Vista, there is a feature called Error Reporting which allows users to send information about system errors to Microsoft. This includes things like crashes, freezes, and hangs. While it’s useful to know what’s happening on your computer, some people find it annoying because they don’t want to see messages every time something goes wrong. In fact, many people turn off Error Reporting completely. However, disabling Error Reporting in Windows Vista isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. You’ll need to do a few different things to make sure that you’ve disabled Error Reporting correctly.
The following instructions are intended for those running Microsoft Windows XP SP3. If you’re running Windows 7 or later, skip down to the next section.
If you’ve ever received an error report about “Choose Disable error reporting,” you’ll know how annoying it can be. You might even think there’s something wrong with your computer. But there isn’t. In fact, it’s perfectly normal.
What happens is that every now and again, Windows XP sends out error reports to Microsoft. These reports contain information about what went wrong during the boot process, such as problems loading drivers or missing files. They’re sent automatically, without your knowledge, and they’re completely harmless.
But sometimes, you don’t want to receive these error reports. For example, if you’re trying to troubleshoot a problem, you probably don’t want to see errors related to hardware components that aren’t causing the issue. Or maybe you just prefer to keep things simple and don’t want to clutter up your desktop with error messages.
In either case, you can disable error reporting in Windows XP. Here’s how.
1. Type regedit into the box and press Enter.
2. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.
Tim Wiley was a tech writer for seven years at Recode. In that time, he covered everything from basic browser.js and URL parameters to XHRs, performance, malware, security, enterprise apps, social media, and Windows secrets. He also written about how to hack Signal in 2016 and how to resist, or possibly even conquer, the zero-day threat.