Problem

Error Reporting is on by default in Windows XP Professional
Service Pack 1. The service gives Microsoft the ability to track and address
errors relating to the operating system, components, and applications. The idea
behind the service was that Microsoft would be able to track down bugs and fix
them more efficiently and quickly.

Many users do not need or want to take advantage of this
feature and would like to turn it off. Many of these users are concerned about
what information is being passed on to Microsoft and about their privacy. Other
users are just annoyed at how often they see the screen (Figure A) that asks them to submit the bug through the Error
Reporting service.

Figure A

The Error Reporting dialog box

Solution 1

The controls to turn off or customize Windows Error
Reporting reside in System Settings, located in the Control Panel. (You can
also right-click My Computer and select Properties.) In the System Settings
dialog box, select the Advanced tab and then click the Error Reporting button
to reveal the Error Reporting dialog box shown in Figure B.

Figure B

Error Reporting configuration

From this dialog box, you can disable Error Reporting or
customize it to work only on certain programs and/or Windows components.

Once you’ve disabled Error Reporting, you might as well
disable the service entirely, which you can do through Administrative Tools in
the Control Panel. Double-click on Services from the Administrative Tools
dialog box, scroll down to the Error Reporting entry, and double-click it. From
this dialog box, you can stop the service or restart it if you turned if off
before.

Solution 2

Apparently, even disabling Error Reporting through the
conventional means may not be enough, as VAXenGuy discovered. If you still get error messages after
disabling Error Reporting, especially dubious ones, you could disable the
service with a Windows Registry edit.

Open the Windows Registry with your favorite editor and
navigate to this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PCHealth\ErrorReporting

To disable Error Reporting, make sure all of the values located in this key are set to
zero.

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