This guide will show you how to enable/disable Windows Error Reporting in Windows 10/8.1/8./7/Vista, using registry manipulation.

In Windows Vista or later, Microsoft introduced Windows Error Reporting (WER) feature. It usually detects hardware and software issues on Windows and report to Microsoft plus provides available solutions to users regarding the issues.

There is no need to additionally turn on Windows Error Reporting feature as it is enabled by default on your Windows operating system.

How To Enable Disable Windows Error Reporting In Windows 10

You won’t notice this feature that is running in background, unless you receive Windows Error Reporting has stopped working message. In that case, the feature is crashing and you need to fix it.

Well, if you ever need to disable Windows Error Reporting feature and later need to enable again, here’s how to do this.

How To Enable/Disable Windows Error Reporting In Windows 10/8.1/8/7

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:


How To Enable Disable Windows Error Reporting In Windows 10

3. Right click Windows registry key, select New > Key. Name the newly created sub-key as Windows Error Reporting. If the registry key already exists, skip creation of new key. Now in the right pane of Windows Error Reporting registry key (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting), right click and select New > DWORD Value. Name the newly created registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) as Disabled. Double click on the DWORD to modify its Value data:

How To Enable Disable Windows Error Reporting In Windows 10

4. Finally set the DWORD Value data to 1 and this should disable Windows Error Reporting. Click OK, close Registry Editor and reboot the machine to make changes effective.

How To Enable Disable Windows Error Reporting In Windows 10

To re-enable Windows Error Reporting later, simply restore Disabled registry DWORD to 0 or delete it.

Group Policy Setting: If you want to disable Windows Error Reporting on multiple machines in your organization/workplace, you can deploy the relevant GPO setting. Configure Disable Windows Error Reporting setting at Computer configuration > Administrative templates > Windows Components > Windows Error Reporting to Enabled.

So this is how you can manage Windows Error Reporting feature in Windows 10.

That’s it!

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