Error reporting in Windows Vista is enabled by default. You may want to disable error reporting for privacy concerns, if you're not connected to the Internet all the time, or just to stop being annoyed by it.
Error reporting works by prompting you after a critical error in the operating system or in other programs and then notifying Microsoft about it. This way, Microsoft can gather technical information about serious errors from millions of PCs, helping them develop patches and service packs.
If you'd like to disable error reporting in Windows Vista, follow the easy steps below:
Click on the Start button and then Control Panel.
Click on the System and Maintenance link.
Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, double-click on the Problem Reports and Solutions icon and skip to Step 4.
Click on the Problem Reports and Solutions link.
In the Problem Reports and Solutions window, click on the Change settings link on the left.
Here you have two options: Check for solutions automatically (the default option) and Ask me to check if a problem occurs.
Choosing Ask me to check if a problem occurs will keep error reporting enabled but will prevent Windows Vista from automatically notifying Microsoft about the issue.
Note: If your only concern is sending information to Microsoft, you can stop here. If you'd like to fully disable error reporting, you can skip this step and continue on with the remaining instructions.
Click on the Advanced settings link.
In the Advanced settings for problem reporting window, under the For my programs, problem reporting is: heading, choose Off.
Note: There are several advanced options here that you're welcome to explore if you'd rather not completely disable error reporting in Windows Vista but for the purposes of this tutorial we're going to completely disable the feature.
Click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
Click OK on the window with the Choose how to check for solutions to computer problems heading.
Note: You might notice that the Check for solutions automatically and Ask me to check if a problem occurs options are now grayed out. This is because Windows Vista error reporting is completely disabled and these options are no longer applicable.
Click Close on the Windows problem reporting is turned off message that appears.
You can now close the Problem Reports and Solutions and Control Panel windows.
Not a Windows Vista user? See How Do I Disable Error Reporting in Windows? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.