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How to Disable Error Reporting in Windows Vista

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How to Disable Error Reporting in Windows Vista

Whenever a program hangs or crashes occurs, Vista is able to automatically send relevant information about the failure to Microsoft using Windows Error Reporting (WER), have this information analyzed and obtain a solution to the problem if one exists. In case you are testing beta versions of applications, you might encountered this situation many times. Some times the Error Reporting can be annoying, but it can be turned off using Group Policy Editor.

Error Reporting

1. To disable Error Reporting, open Group Policy Editor (Start-> Run-> gpedit.msc)

2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Error Reporting.

Error reporting

3. Double click on the setting- Disable Windows Error Reporting.

Disable Error reporting

4. Click Ok and close the Group Policy Editor.

Windows Error reporting will not show up next time any application crashes or stops working.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .



  1. Madhur Kapoor

    August 9, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for this. It was always irritating.

  2. imcw

    August 9, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Thank’s. It’s very usefull for my Vista.

  3. BlogsDNA

    August 9, 2008 at 9:36 am

    thumbs up…

  4. Premamrutha Rao

    October 19, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I tried to perform the steps which you mentioned above, but unfortunately, I am not able to.

    When we type gpedit.msc in run command, its giving error message: windows not able to find the specified file.

  5. pranav singh

    December 28, 2008 at 1:11 am

    if you are having problems with disabling wer, try the following site. Vista home doesnt have the gpedit.msc file.

  6. Duane

    June 2, 2009 at 6:57 am

    For those that have Vista Home Premium. You can find this service in “Services”. You go to “control panel” then “administrative tools” (classic view). You then double click “Services”. You will find “windows error reporting services” near the bottom of the list of services.

  7. HILA

    September 10, 2009 at 11:10 am

    can it be posible that the error reporting comes with a crash sound???

  8. hila

    September 10, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    can it be posible that the error reporting comes with a crash sound???

  9. akgarg

    July 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    thanks a lot,this is a very good information for vista users.Thanks again.

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