Error reporting is enabled by default in Windows 7. You might want to disable error reporting for privacy concerns, if you're not connected to the Internet all the time, or maybe just to stop being annoyed by the alerts.
Error reporting works by prompting you after a critical error in the Windows 7 operating system or in other programs and then notifying Microsoft about it.
See the easy steps below if you'd like to disable error reporting in Windows 7:
Time Required: Disabling error reporting in Windows 7 usually takes less than 5 minutes
Click on the Start button and then Control Panel.
Click on the System and Security link.
Note: If you're viewing the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, click on Action Center and skip to Step 4.
Click on the Action Center link.
In the Action Center window, click the Change Action Center settings link on the left.
In the Related settings section at the bottom of the Change Action Center settings window, click on the Problem reporting settings link.
There are four Problem Reporting Settings options:
- Automatically check for solutions (the default option)
- Automatically check for solutions and send additional report data, if needed
- Each time a problem occurs, ask me before checking for solutions
- Never check for solutions
The third and fourth option disable error reporting to varying degrees in Windows 7.
Choosing Each time a problem occurs, ask me before checking for solutions will keep error reporting enabled but will prevent Windows 7 from automatically notifying Microsoft about the issue. If your concern about error reporting is only privacy related, this is the best option for you.
Choosing Never check for solutions will fully disable error reporting in Windows 7.
Note: There is also a Select programs to exclude from reporting option here that you're welcome to explore if you'd rather customize instead of completely disable error reporting in Windows 7.
Click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
Click the OK button at the bottom of the Change Action Center settings window (the one with the Turn messages on or off heading).
You can now close the Action Center window.
Not a Windows 7 user? See How Do I Disable Error Reporting in Windows? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.