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Error Reporting

The error-reporting option allows you to report software errors to Microsoft to help improve future products. If you want to participate in error reporting, leave this option alone. Some people argue that they should get paid for assisting software vendors in their software development. The error reporting is voluntary, and Microsoft uses it to prioritize debugging work on their products. Microsoft's chief executive, Steve Ballmer, said in an email memo to his customers, "There are risks in offering this option to have software 'phone home' like E.T. One risk is that error reporting could compound a customer's irritation over the error itself."

If the error reporting is causing you irritation and you want to disable this feature, use the following procedure:

  1. Go to Control Panel, System.

  2. Click on the Advanced tab and then click on Error Reporting, as shown in Figure 3.

    Figure 3Figure 3 Disabling error reporting.

  3. On the Error Reporting dialog box, check the option Disable Error Reporting.

  4. Click on the check box But Notify Me When Critical Errors Occur so that you are notified of the error.

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