Monday, September 9, 2013

How To Disable Error Reporting in Windows XP


The error reporting feature in Windows is turned on by default but you may want to disable error reporting to improve windows performance

Windows Error Reporting is a crash reporting technology introduced by Microsoft with Windows XP and included in later Windows versions and Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6.0. Windows Error Reporting collects and offers to send post-error debug information using the Internet to the developer of an application that crashes or stops responding on a user's desktop. No data is sent without the user's consent. When a report reaches the Microsoft server, it is analyzed and a solution is sent back to the user when one is available (which hardly helps the user!!). Solutions are served using Windows Error Reporting Responses. 

Windows Error Reporting runs as a Windows service and can optionally be entirely disabled without any problem to improve windows performance.

Steps of Disabling Error Reporting:

1. Open The System Properties window.

Method A: Right click on My Computer on desktop, then click Properties. The System Properties window will open.

Method B: (For category view of Control Panel)
i) Click on Start and then Control Panel.
ii) Click on the Performance and Maintenance link.
iii) Under the "or pick a Control Panel icon" section, click on the System link.
The System Properties window will open.
Method C: (For classic view of Control Panel)
i) Click on Start and then Control Panel.
ii) Double-click on the System icon.
The System Properties window will open.

2. In the System Properties window, click on the Advanced tab. ( Red arrow on the image)
System Properties

3. Near the bottom of the window, click on the Error Reporting button. ( Red arrow on the image)

Disable Error Reporting

4. In the Error Reporting window, choose the Disable error reporting radio button (I would recommend leaving the But notify me when critical errors occur check box checked. You probably still want Windows XP to notify you about the error, just not Microsoft).

5. Click the OK button on the Error Reporting window.

6. Click the OK button on the System Properties window.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

IDM (Internet Download Manager) information backup while operating system upgrade or change


Sometimes we plan to reinstall Operating System of our PC or laptop or plan to change

computer and want to transfer the current IDM settings and download list to the new

PC or laptop.


To transfer the old/current IDM settings and sownload list you have to do the


A. Setup the temp directory for IDM

1. Open IDM, Open "Options -> Save To" dialog ("Options -> Downloads" for old versions)

and look what folder is set in "Temporary directory" field (red arrow on the image).

Save this folder somewhere in order to use it later.


2. Do the same for each category download folder ( eg: General, Compressed,

Documents, Music, Programs, Video) to save the completed downloads. To see path for

each category folder select them in "Category" list box (red arrows on the image).


(Please note that by default "Application Data" folder ("AppData" for Windows 7) is

hidden. Show hidden files to show these folders.)

B. Export the registry file

1. Go to "Start ->run" and type "regedit".
2. Find "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DownloadManager" registry key
3. Right click & click "Export" to save it.

IDM Registry

C. Restore the registry file & directories on new PC/laptop or operating system.

1. After Operating System reinstall or on a new computer, import registry key that

you have saved.

2. Then copy IDM temporary folder and all category download folders under same paths

that they had on initial system.

3. Then run IDM. If you done everything correct, IDM will use your old settings. You

should see a list of your downloads and be able to resume unfinished downloads.

Happy Downloading........:)