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Windows 7 - How to Turn Off Error Reporting


Error reporting is a feature in Windows 7 which allows you to easily address many types of problems which may occur on your computer and notify Microsoft of the faults. These error reports are used by Microsoft to help diagnose and solve problems. You can also view exactly what the error report contains before you send it to Microsoft. No personally-identifiable information is sent along with the report but, nonetheless, some users still prefer to turn the feature off regardless. To change the error reporting settings, you will need to be logged in as an administrator. Generally, it is recommended that you keep the feature turned on unless you're confident in solving computer-related problems yourself. With the error reporting feature deactivated, you'll see a message reminding you that it is turned off when you try to check for solutions after a program crashes or another problem occurs.

1 – Disabling Error Reporting
Open your start menu and click "Control Panel." Click "System and Security." Click "Action Center." Click the arrow beside the "Maintenance" section to open up the list of options and settings if it is not displayed already. At the top of the list, you'll see "Check for solutions to problem reports." By default, the feature is turned on. Click "Settings." To completely disable the feature, choose "Never check for solutions" and click "OK." You can always enable it again later if you decide to.

2 – Using the Local Group Policy Editor
If you are the computer administrator and you're using Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate, you can disable various options using the Local Group Policy Editor. This will prevent other users from changing the settings.
Access the Local Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc into the start menu search box and pressing Enter. In the left-hand side of the utility, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Error Reporting.
In the right-hand side of the utility, right-click on "Disable Windows Error Reporting" and choose "Edit." "Not configured" is selected by default. Enable or disable error reporting as required. Click "OK" and close the Local Group Policy Editor. If you disable the feature, other users will find that the options in the control panel are greyed out and inaccessible.

 

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