Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Tweaking XP:: Lesson #5 Crashed Programs

Lets hear it. who loves to get that damn " Program has encountered an unrecoverable error" which subsequently asks you to click the Send button, so Microsoft can immediately send technical support to your door steps before you can say 'What the F*ck just happened to my PC???!!!'?

Oh, I'm sorry.. my bad. Microsoft doesn't do that. Ya big deal. you encountered a program crash. It's not something that Microsoft takes pride in fixing, no? ;) In most cases, tough buns. Just restart your PC if you have too, or just re-launch the application and start using it again, pretending it never cost you your day's worth of document typing. By now, if you're a seasoned PC user, you'd know better then to not save your work every 20 seconds which crunching numbers or preparing that ever so important document for your boss.

But seriously, that program error thingy-ma-jingy is really a pain in the ass! Look. i know it crashed, and i've dealed with it. It's not un-common but can you please stop bothering me with that darn message? NO i do not want to send anything to Microsoft. I don't want to tell them that their software boils my blood and makes me want to shit bricks sometimes despite the fact I paid good money to get the orriginal licensed copy.. -- Just leave me alone!

Lucky for us, Microsoft to some extent do allow us to customise registry settings so we can skip the bullshit and get back to work. So ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, i present to you today's registry tweak:


Very simple, really:

  1. Go to START >> RUN >> REGEDIT.
  2. Under HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\PCHealth\ErrorReporting (HKLM by the way stands for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE)
  3. Edit this Value: "DoReport"
  4. Set the value to '0' to disable the error report prompt.

At the same time, some programs just got that habit of going into 'Not Responding' mode cause you didn't bake him enough cookies in the morning... Kinda like a form of program retaliation. Sometimes, it gets really annoying to have to go to end task and kill the damn process. So, if you really wanna make life easier, just use this tweak.
  1. Go to START >> RUN >> REGEDIT.
  2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  3. Change the registry value REG_SZ >> AutoEndTasks to value 1.

There! Doesn't that make using Windows a whole lot better? ;) Cherios!



Blogger ebernie said...

Actually, to disable error reporting to Microsoft, you can do this:

1) Right click on My Computer
2) Select Properties
3) Select the Advanced tab
4) Click on the Error Reporting button
5) Select to disable error reporting


9:31 PM  
Blogger shawnchin said...

Ahh.. din know about the AutoEndTask thingy. Thanks.

2:32 AM  
Blogger TechTalks said...

ebernie: Gee.. Thanks for that lil' piece of info dude! I totally forgot bout the GUI method.. I guess im just so used to messin' with regedit.. i forget there are easier methods through the OS gui. ;)

shawnchin: No prob dude! hope it helps ;)

10:55 PM  

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