How to Disable Error Reporting in Windows 10

Some Windows users have been wondering whether there is a way to disable Error Reporting on their Windows 10 computer. As it turns out, one of the most common causes that Windows users opt to disable Error reporting is to prevent the OS from sending information to Microsoft.

How to Disable Error Reporting

What is Error Reporting?

Windows Error Reporting is a built-in utility that collects and offers to beam post-error debug information and memory dumps to Microsoft over the Internet. The only moment when the user is prompted to interact with this utility is after an application crashes or stops responding.

The Windows Error Reporting tool runs as a Windows service.  Keep in mind that regardless of your settings, no data is officially being sent without your consent.

When a crash dump is sent to Microsoft’s servers and it’s analyzed, information about a solution is potentially sent back to the user (if such a thing is available)

How to Disable the Windows Error Reporting Tool (WER)

If you understand the purpose of this utility and you still want to disable it on your computer, you need to understand that there are multiple ways that will allow you to disable the WER utility on your computer (or at least prevent it from producing its effects).

To make matters easier for you, we’ve put together a collection of methods that will walk you through the process of disabling this tool on your Windows computer.

But depending on the Windows version that you’re actively using, the exact instructions on disabling the WER tool will be different from case to case.

Here’s a shortlist of methods that will allow you to disable the Windows Error Reporting tool:

  • Disabling the Windows Error Reporting Tool via the Services screen (Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10)
  • Disabling Error Reporting via the classic Control Panel interface (Windows 7 and Windows 8.1)
  • Disabling Error Reporting via the Registry Editor (Only works for Windows 10)
  • Disabling Error Reporting via Group Policy Editor (Only works for Windows 10)

Pick a method that’s compatible with your Windows version to disable the Windows Error Reporting tool:

Method 1: Disabling Windows Error Reporting via Services screen (Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10)

If you’re looking for a universal method that will work regardless of the Windows operating system version that you’re using, this is it.

The quickest and most effective way of effectively disabling the Windows Error Reporting tool on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 cleanly (without running the risk of breaking other components) is to disable the WER service from the Services utility.

Follow the instructions below to open up the Services screen, disabling the Windows Error Reporting Service, and modifying the startup type in order to ensure that your OS doesn’t open it again:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Next, when you’re prompted by the text box, type ‘services.msc’ and hit Enter to open up the Services screen. If you’re prompted by the UAC (User Account Control) prompt, click Yes to grant admin access.
    Opening the Services screen
  2. Once you’re inside the Services screen, scroll down through the list of services and locate the entry named Windows Error Reporting Service.
  3. When you finally manage to locate the correct service, right-click on it and choose Properties from the context menu that just appeared.
    Opening the Properties screen of Windows Error Reporting Service
  4. Once you’re inside the Properties screen of the WER service, access the General tab from the horizontal menu at the top, then set the drop-down menu associated with Startup type to Disabled.
    Disabling the Windows Error Reporting service
  5. Next, click on the Stop button if the service is already enabled before clicking on Apply to save the changes.
  6. Restart your computer and wait for the next startup to complete. As soon as your computer boots back up, the Error Reporting tool should be fully disabled.

If you’re looking for a different approach to disabling the Windows Error Reporting tool, move down to the next potential fix below.

Method 2: Disabling Error Reporting via Control Panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8.1)

If you want to disable the Error Reporting tool or WIndows 8.1 to older, you can also do it via the Action Center (by accessing the System and Security tab in Control Panel).

But keep in mind that this method is not applicable for Windows 10, as the System and Security tab has been revamped on the newer OS.

Going this route is the equivalent of disabling the WER service, meaning that will produce the exact effects without any underlying repercussions.

If you’re not comfortable with disabling the Windows Error Reporting service and you’re using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, follow the instructions below to disable the WER tool via the classic control panel interface:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Inside the text box, type ‘control’ and press Enter to open up the classic control panel interface. When you are prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), click Yes grant admin access.
    Opening the Classic Control Panel interface
  2. Once you’re inside the classic Control Panel interface, use the search function (top-right section of the screen) to search for ‘security’. Next, from the list of results, click on Security and Maintenance.
    Accessing the Security and Maintenance menu
  3. From the next menu, click on Action Center, then select Change Action Center settings from the left side of the Action Center menu.
  4. Once you’re finally inside the Change Action Center Settings menu, click on the Problem reporting settings hyperlink (under Related Settings)
    Problem Reporting Settings
  5. Once you’re inside the Problem Reporting Settings, select the Never Check for solutions (not recommended) toggle and click Ok to effectively disable the Windows Error Reporting tool.
    Disabling the Problem Reporting Settings via Control Panel

    Note: This will ensure that the main service behind the Problem Reporting module will remain disabled even in situations where an application crashes or hangs indefinitely. This is the equivalent of disabling the WER service directly.

  6. Once the Problem Reported settings are modified, restart your computer to make the changes permanent.

Method 3: Disabling Error Reporting via Control Panel Via Registry Editor  (Windows 10 ONLY)

If you’re looking for a universal fix that will work regardless of your operating system, you can also consider using the Registry Editor to prevent the Error Reporting tool from kicking into action when there’s an application crash or hang.

But keep in mind that as opposed to the other methods presented above, using the Registry Editor to disable the Windows Error Reporting has some associated risks if you don’t follow the instructions to the letter. Also, this method was only confirmed to work for Windows 10.

Note: Unless you are comfortable with making registry changes, our recommendation is to stick to the first 2 methods above.

However, the main advantage of going this route is that the change will remain hardcoded, which means that the Windows Reporting tool will remain disabled, even in those situations where Windows will push an update that will normally enable it.

If you’re determined to follow this route, follow the instructions below to turn off the problem reporting tool via the Registry Editor:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Next, type ‘regedit’ inside the text box, then press Enter to open up the Registry Editor utility. When you’re prompted by the UAC (User Account Control) prompt, click Yes to grant admin access.
    Opening the regedit utility
  2. Once you’re inside the Regedit Editor, navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting

    Note: You can either get here manually by using the menu on the left or you can get there instantly by pasting the location above directly into the navigation bar and pressing Enter.

  3. After you arrive in the correct location. right-click on the key named Windows Error Reporting, then choose New > DWORD (32-bit) from the newly appeared context menu.
    Creating a new Dword inside Registry Editor
  4. Next, name the newly created registry value to Disabled, then double-click on it and set its Value data to 1, and leave the Base to Hexadecimal.
    Creating the Disabled Value key

    Note: If you ever need to turn on Error Reporting at a later date, simply change the value data to 0 and you’re good to go.

  5. Once you have successfully made these changes, restart your computer and see if the issue is fixed once the next startup is complete.

If you’re looking for a different approach that will disable the Windows Error Reporting tool on your computer, move down to the next method below.

Method 4: Disabling Error Reporting via Group Policy Editor (Windows 10 Only)

If you want to disable the Error Reporting tool on a Windows 10 computer, there is also the option of using the Local Group Policy editor that will enforce a rule that will ensure that Windows Error Reporting stays disabled for all users.

Important: Not all Windows 10 versions have the Local Group Policy Editor utility. This is typically a feature reserved for Windows 10 PRO and Windows 10 Enterprise. If you’re using Windows 10 Home or a different version that doesn’t include the local group policy editor, you can install the GPEDIT utility with a quick workaround.

If the Group Policy Editor is working on your Windows 10 computer, follow the instructions below to disable the error reporting tool:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Next, type ‘gpedit.msc’ inside the text box and press Enter to open up the Local Group Policy Editor on your computer. When you’re prompted by the UAC (User Account Control) prompt, click Yes to grant admin access.
    Accessing the Local Group Policy Editor Utility
  2. Once you’re inside the main menu of the Local Group Policy Editor, use the menu on the left to navigate to the following location:
    Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Error Reporting
  3. After you get to the correct location, move over to the right-pane and locate the Disable Windows Error Reporting policy from the list of available options. When you see it, double-click on it to expand the policy.
    Accessing the Disable Windows Error Reporting
  4. Once you’re inside the Disable Windows Error Reporting policy, ser the state of it to Enabled, before clicking on Apply to save the changes.
    Disabling the Windows Error Reporting tool via Gpedit
  5. Restart your computer in order to allow the policy you’ve just enabled to take full effect.
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