HOWTO: Disable Windows Error Reporting?

Occasionally you will see a window popup like this one.

windows error reporting

This happens when a program error or a system error occurs. Windows prompts you to send an error report, theoretically so that Microsoft can use the information to make Windows more robust.

Personally I don’t trust Microsoft so I wanted to turn this off. Fortunately Microsoft provides a way as outlined in this article.

Hibernation: Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API

pianoOccasionally when I try to hibernate I receive an “Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API” error message. When this happens I am forced to shutdown instead of hibernate.

This is a known issue for computers with 1 GB of RAM or more. Microsoft has a KB article about this. To obtain the hotfix Microsoft requires you go through Microsoft support which is a big pain so I have made it available here .

Windows hosts file not working

On Windows you can manually match hostnames to IP addresses using the hosts file located in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc. An example of a hosts file:       localhost
#     foo     toronto    boston

If you find that the contents of the hosts file are not being picked up by Windows it might be because the file is corrupted though the corruption is not evident in your editor. The best thing to do is to delete or move that file and create a brand new hosts file and hopefully the contents of this hosts file will be picked up by Windows.