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How to Turn Off the Dr. Watson Debugger

Posted: Nov 10, 2011 - Jim Bernstein

Dr. Watson is a program error debugger that detects and diagnoses program errors in Windows and creates log files that contain the diagnostic data. Sometimes it can be a pain and pop up when you don't want it to

To turn off the Dr Watson debugger, apply the following Windows registry change:

Always be sure to backup your registry before making any changes!

To edit the registry go to Start, then Run and type in regedit and click Ok. To backup your registry go to File then Export and choose a location and name for your registry backup.

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug
Name: Auto
Type: REG_DWORD
Use a Value of 0 to disable
Use a Value of 1 to enable

To re-enable Dr Watson, you can also type drwtsn -i from a command prompt.

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