Understanding Windows Error Reporting

Windows Error Reporting (WER) is the client component for the overall Watson Feedback Platform (WFP), which allows Microsoft to collect reports about failure events that occur on a user’s system, analyze the data contained in those reports, and respond to the user in a meaningful and actionable manner.

WER is the technology that reports user-mode freezes, user-mode faults, and kernel-mode faults to the back-end servers at Microsoft and replaces Dr. Watson as the default application exception handler.


WER in Windows Vista and later has support for any kind of problem event as defined by the developer, not just critical failures as in Windows XP.

Overview of Windows Error Reporting

The WFP is illustrated in ...

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