Two Annoying Things About Windows XP and How to Fix them

Programs crash occasionally. It’s pretty much a fact of life that sooner or later any program will probably crash at least once. Some more often than others. In any case, it’s something that we’ve all come to accept as an unfortunate fact and learned to deal with it. However there’s a couple of things that go along with crashing in XP (Vista’s a whole other bucket of worms!) that I’ve come to think of them as a vile infection that will indelibly mar any CRT or lcd monitor simply by appearing on screen.

The first one is the thrice damned “Send error report to Microsoft” message. I see zero point in sending such an error report to Microsoft, they’ve shown repeatedly that they are not all that interested in taking steps to fix something until somebody publishes an exploit that they then have to scramble like maniacs to fix.

Fortunately, it’s simple enough to disable it once and for all (and on a system not connected to the Internet it’s especially appropriate!)

Right click on the “My Computer” icon and then click on Properties.

Choose the “Advanced” tab and click on the “error reporting” button at the bottom of the tab

Click “Disable error reporting”, click “But notify me when critical errors occur” and click ok to close the tab and again to close the window.

Then there’s the ever popular situation where you’re working on something and have a bunch of folders open. Everything’s find and then BANG! One of them crashes. POOF! *ALL* of them close! I can’t begin to say how many times it’s happened to me, nor how many times I’ve wanted to strangle the programmer responsible for that behavior.

To prevent every opened folder from closing when one of them crashes

Click “Start”, then “Settings”, then “Control Panel” and double click on “Folder Options”. Then click on the “View” tab and scroll down until you find the “Launch folder windows in a separate process”. Make sure the box for it is checked and then click OK.

Now each folder window will be in it’s own process and if one crashes or locks up you don’t have to lose all of the rest.

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