Windows XP – Disable dumpprep when programs crash
I might seem like a slick, saavy geek who knows his was around an operating system but the sad truth is that I’m a complete Luddite when it comes to computer OSes. I don’t have anything against Windows Vista, but I’m not going to upgrade until its been out for one or two years, and all the tips and tricks for tweaking it are freely available.
One tip for improve Windows XP that I absolutely love is turning off that annoying “do you want to send an error report” message when programs crash. The sad truth is that those error reports rarely reach anyone who could fix the problem, so it’s a colossal waste of time — especially if the error is as innocuous as “the program ran out of memory”. Which is usually the case for me.
There’s a whole slew of steps for how to find the hidden setting to tweak to turn it off, but instead I prefer to use XP-AntiSpy or Safe XP. Both programs provide an easy interface to one-click “disable error reporting”.
Now when Firefox crashes because of memory problems I don’t have to wait five minutes for the error reporting dialog to pop-up.