Vista Error Reporting

Has anyone running Microsoft Vista experienced starting an application on your computer, that normally starts quickly, and having to wait a minute or more for the application to start.  Sometimes you'll get the spinning circle wait icon and sometimes you won't.   Or all of a sudden your computer suddenly slows down when you haven't done anything that you normally wouldn't do.  Or your internet connection suddenly get real slow when it was running fast a second ago.

The immediate thought is I have spyware, a virus, or trojan running on my computer, and wonder how I got it.

Well, I have a surprise for you.  It may be Microsoft's error reporting causing the problem.  The theory of error reporting is  if enough people have a problem, and you report it to Microsoft, then Microsoft may come up with a solution, and fix your problem.

Microsoft has been doing error reporting for a long time.  I'm not sure when they started having user's computers, attached to the Internet, automatically send messages back to Microsoft.   It's been a long time.  When Vista first came out, it was so bad, I figured, yea, let's help get this operating system as good as XP.  But enough all ready, Microsoft has given up, and is rushing out Windows 7.  And I have to say, I have never had a message back from Microsoft fixing my problem, or even a message about a current problem.  That's never in all these years.  So what gives.  I do wonder if they are not just tracking the software on your computer.

If you would like to see what get''s reported to Microsoft in Vista, get ready for a surprise.   Go to Start>Control Panel>System and Maintenance>Problem Reports and Solutions>View Problem History.  It looks to me like every application you run gets reported at one time or another.  Each one of those reports may cause one of  the slow down problems we described at the start of this post.

My advice is to turn it off, forget about it, and stop those annoying slow downs.  To turn it off go to  Start>Control Panel>System and Maintenance>Problem Reports and Solutions>Change Settings> click "Ask me to check if a problem occurs.  Your not done yet. Click in the same window right below that "Advanced Settings>For my Programs, problem report is "OFF" ."   Then click "Change Settings."  Windows will protest, and  remind you to turn it back on occassionally, but you don't need it, and you  can safely ignore their prompts.  Your computer will run a lot better and a lot quicker.

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