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Making Windows Fix Its Own Problems Automatically

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Added by December 11, 2013

Windows has great self-repair technology built right into the operating system. Whether you’re running client operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows 8, or server operating systems like Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012, you can let the operating system periodically report problems that it has encountered. Even better, Windows can check for and download solutions to those problems!

You will need to enable this technology. By default, Windows doesn’t want to report too much information to Microsoft in order to protect your identity and help guard against disclosing corporate secrets.

Enabling Automatic Problem Reporting
You can use this functionality in several versions of Windows. For this example I’m listing the steps in Windows 7, and the steps are similar in Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 and 2012.

To enable the automatic problem reporting technology, head to Control Panel, then click Action Center. Now in the Maintenance section, click Settings. That button displays the Problem Reporting Settings as shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1. Automatic Problem Reporting Settings.

To be very honest, the four settings are pretty self-descriptive. The main difference is the amount of data disclosed. If you are concerned that reporting errors may contain sensitive corporate or personal data do not choose to send additional data. The reason is that the error report may contain system information like domain name, user name, computer name, and other configuration data that you do not want to disclose. Also, when an application crash generates a problem report, the information about the application may contain data that was being handled by the application during the crash.
Take care!
Mike Danseglio -CISSP / CEH
Interface Technical Training – Technical Director and Instructor

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