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In Windows XP, I am prompted to send an error report for the Drwtsn32.exe debugger

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Problem description
In Windows XP, you may be prompted to send an error report for the Drwtsn32.exe debugger.
This behavior occurs because of an exception in the Drwtsn32.exe program.
To resolve this problem, disable the Dr Watson debugger. To have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you’d rather fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me

To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix this problemlink. Next, click Runin the File Downloaddialog box, and then follow the steps in this wizard.

Note This wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

Now go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug
  3. Double-click the Auto registry entry.
  4. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  5. Close Registry Editor.

Did this fix the problem?

Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support.
More information
To reverse the change in the "Resolution" section and to re-enable the Dr Watson debugger, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
drwtsn32 -i
fixit fix it

Article ID: 949820 - Last Review: 09/23/2011 03:34:00 - Revision: 4.0

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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