If you are using Internet Explorer, Outlook, or any Application, you can get Dr .Watson Postmortem Debugger error. You can also observe drwtsn32.exe process running in the task manager. This program crashes when other applications gets crashed.
What is Dr.Watson? Is this a Virus?
Dr.Watson for Windows is a debugger that will be useful to debug and creates log files when an error occurs within a program. Technical support people will analyze these log files and fix the errors. It is not a virus or a malware program. Dr.Watson creates log files at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Dr Watson.
It actually crashes some times frequently and gives the error as given below.
“Dr.Watson Postmortem Debugger has encountered a problems and needs to close”
Why Dr.Watson crashes and gives an error?
Unfortunately, when you are browsing through Internet Explorer or working with any other program, if that program crashes, then Dr.Watson program itself crashes and gives that error.
Do I really need this program?
No, not really, in fact Windows Error Reporting service also does the same as Dr.Watson, as you know you can send error reports to Microsoft through Windows Error Reporting also.
What’s the Fix?
The fix to this problem is disabling Dr.Watson as we have the alternative Windows Error Reporting available, we don’t require 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 a value ‘0’.
4. Close the registry editor and restart your computer.
You won’t get this error again in future.
If you have problems in accessing the registry, download the registry file released by Microsoft and run it.
Have you ever got Dr.Watson error? How you’ve solved it, so that it doesn’t appear again? Share with us in the comments.
Update 08/08/2011 : Microsoft has released a Fix It tool to disable and enable Dr.Watson Postmertem Debugger