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Disable WER on Windows

Today i was reading my rss and i saw a French blog (here) talking about
WER = Windows Error Reporting and after reading i decided to make a post about it and explain what is WER , how to drop WER data’s and how to disable WER.


WER stands for “Windows Error Report”,  and is a  technology that keeps information after a crash. Those errors are transmitted via the winqual service which is a service that sends bug reports to hardware and software companies after a crash. (more about it on wikipedia : here )


Despite the good idea, WER has a problem, it never deletes the data gathered. This small tutorial will help you to delete them :


How to delete WER data ? :

WER data are located in the following folders :

on windows vista

  1. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER
  2. C:\Users\xxxxx\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WER

on windows XP

  1. C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\ERRORREP\UserDumps

How to delete those files and stop  it ?

Vista  :

On windows vista, simple follow these steps :

  • start ( windows logo )
  • enter “cleanmgr.exe “
  • click on “show all the users “
  • Tick all the boxes  who looks like error reports
  • press “ok”

and finish !

You can also turn the WER off :

  1. click on start
  2. Run/search
  3. insert  gpedit.msc
  4. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Error Reporting
  5. Double click on the setting- Disable Windows Error Reporting
  6. click on “ok”

XP :

disable the WER :

  1. right click on “my computer” and open the “properties”
  2. click on “advanced” and select “error reporting
  3. select  ” disable error reporting

Windows 7 :

Files are in the same location than on Windows Vista, however to disable WER follow these steps :

  1. give yourself  admin privileges
  2. Open Local Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc in the search box
  3. click on “Computer Configuration ->
  4. Administrative Templates ->
  5. Systems ->
  6. Internet Communication Management ->
  7. Internet Communication Settings >
  8. Finally select Turn Off Windows Error Reporting


And That’s it.

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