Changing the Behaviour of the Dr. Watson Utility

Posted On 2007-11-09 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Changing the Behaviour of the Dr. Watson Utility
Tags:  Windows NT Windows 2000
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By default whenever an application error occurs under Windows NT, Dr. Watson is launched and the debugger started automatically. The extra resources needed for the debugger can sometimes push the system over the edge. It is possible to stop the debugger from launching by changing this setting.
1. Open your registry and find the key below.
2. Change the value of 'Auto' to '0' to disable the automatic debugger.
Note: To disable Dr. Watson, simply delete the AeDebug subkey and to re-enable simple execute the command 'drwtsn32 -i'.

Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug]
Value Name: Auto
Data Type: REG_SZ
Data: (0 = message, 1 = debugger & message)

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