Thursday, May 6, 2010

How to Disable the Dumprep in Windows XP

Oftentimes, when a Microsoft Windows application encounter an unexpected problem, it seems to freeze and manually terminating it via Task Manager does not seem to have any effect. It remains as "not responding". A view of the processes running will reveal something called dumprep.exe.

This internal program basically dumps a state of your system and sends it to Microsoft for further analysis. I assume it takes a snapshot of your memory and internal Windows configuration. Not that it is of much use. With millions of PC's worldwide generating these dump reports, I'm sure nobody at Microsoft actually bothers to analyze the data.

Therefore, to make your PC run faster, you can tell Windows not to bother with the report and just immediately terminate the offending application. To disable dumprep in Windows XP, do the following:

  1. Right click on “My Computer,” choose “Properties” from that menu.
  2. Click on “Advanced tab,”
  3. Click the “Error Reporting” button.
  4. Check the “Disable error reporting” box.

That's it! Crashing and restarting should be faster after that.

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