This article describes how to disable and re-enable the Dr. Watson program
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To disable Dr. Watson
- Click Start, click Run, type regedit.exe
in the Open box, and then click OK.
- Locate and then click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AeDebugNOTE: Steps three and four are optional, However, they are necessary if you want to restore the default use of Dr. Watson.
- Click the AeDebug key, and then click Export Registry File on the
- Type a name and location for the saved registry file, and then click Save.
- Delete the AeDebug key.
Registry entries for debugger programs are located in the AeDebug key in Windows. The Dr. Watson program is installed by default in Windows, and is configured to run when an application error occurs (with a data value of 1 for the Auto value). The default values are as follows:
Value Name = Auto
Type = String (REG_SZ)
Data Value = 1 or 0. (Default is 1)
Value Name = Debugger
Type = String (REG_SZ)
Data Value = drwtsn32 -p %ld -e %ld -g
NOTE: This data value (drwtsn32 -p %ld -e %ld -g) is specific to
Dr. Watson. Alternative debuggers will have their own values and
To enable Dr. Watson
- At a command prompt, type the following line, and then press ENTER:
- Double-click the .reg file that you created in steps three and four that were discussed earlier.
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Article ID: 188296 - Last Review: November 3, 2010 - Revision: 5.0
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