Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dr Watson Postmortem Debugger

Dr. Watson for Windows is a program error debugger that gathers information about your computer when an error (or user-mode fault) occurs with a program. Technical support groups can use the information that Dr. Watson obtains and logs to diagnose a program error. When an error is detected, Dr. Watson creates a text file (Drwtsn32.log) that can be delivered to support personnel by the method they prefer. You also have the option of creating a crash dump file, which is a binary file that a programmer can load into a debugger.
If a program error occurs, Dr. Watson for Windows starts automatically. To configure Dr. Watson, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Type drwtsn32, and then click OK.
By default, the log file created by Dr. Watson is named Drwtsn32.log and is saved in the following location:
drive:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINNT\Application Data\Microsoft\Dr Watson
Disabling Dr.Watson
1. Click Start>Run>type Regedit and click ok.
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version
3. Select AeDebug in the right pane ,double click it and enter value 0.
4. Close registry editor, restart your computer.

If you have problem with access to registry, download the registry file released by Microsoft , run that registry file.