How To Disable Visual Notification of 32-bit Program User Mode Exception Messages in 64-bit Versions of Windows XP

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This article describes how to disable visual 32-bit program User mode exception error messages in the 64-bit version of Windows.

To Disable 32-bit Program User Mode Exception Error Messages

  1. Register Dr. Watson as your default 32-bit program debugger. To do so:

    1. Open an command prompt, type the following text, and then press ENTER:
      CD %SystemRoot%\SysWow64
    2. From the Syswow64 folder, type the following text, and then press ENTER:
      drwtsn32-i
      NOTE:You must be in the SysWow64 folder when you register Dr. Watson as your program debugger. You are not able to disable 32-bit exceptions if you register the 64-bit version of Dr. Watson.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type the following text, and then press ENTER:
    %SystemRoot%\SysWow64\drwtsn32
  3. Click to clear the Visual Notification option, and then click OK.

    NOTE: You must run Drwtsn32 from the SysWow64 folder. Drwtsn32 in the SysWow64 folder is a 32-bit version that handles 32-bit User mode exceptions. To run the 32-bit Dr. Watson, browse to the SysWow64 folder, and then double-click drwtsn32.
  4. Start Registry Editor.
  5. Locate and click the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\PCHealth\ErrorReporting
  6. Set the ShowUI value to 0.
  7. Set the DoReport value to 0.
  8. Locate and click the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\AeDebug
  9. Set the Auto value to 1.
  10. Using this key, verify that the debugger is configured to a setting that is similar to the following setting: drwtsn32 -P %ld -e %ld -g. This setting is usually set when you register Dr. Watson as your default program debugger.

Troubleshooting

  • The ShowUI value switches the previous fault error message to new fault error messages.
  • The DoReport value determines whether the new error message sends a problem report to Microsoft.
  • If you want the previous fault error message or exception error message, set the ShowUI, DoReport, and Auto values to 0.

NOTE: This procedure stops the message for 32-bit program faults.

REFERENCES

For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
282934 How to Disable Visual Notification of 64-bit Program User Mode Exception on 64-bit Versions of Windows XP

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Article ID: 283150 - Last Review: January 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition
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