The error reporting feature is what produces those alerts after certain program or operating system errors, prompting you to send the information about the problem to Microsoft.
You might want to disable error reporting to avoid sending private information about your computer to Microsoft, because you're not connected to the Internet all the time, or just to stop being prompted by the annoying alerts.
Error reporting in enabled by default in all versions of Windows but is easy to turn off.
The specific steps involved in disabling error reporting depends significantly on which operating system you're using:
- How To Disable Error Reporting in Windows 7
- How To Disable Error Reporting in Windows Vista
- How To Disable Error Reporting in Windows XP
Note: Error reporting in Windows is beneficial for Microsoft but it's also ultimately a good thing for you, the Windows owner. These error reports send vital information to Microsoft about a problem that the operating system or a program is having and helps them develop future patches and service packs, making Windows more stable.