Dr.Watson Postmortem Debugger has Encountered a Problem and Need to Close

Yesterday night while working on my computer I saw the error message "Dr.Watson Postmortem Debugger has encountered a Problem and need to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." My computer froze when I pressed 'don't send report' button. Since I couldn't work anymore, I restarted it but again the same Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger came up with a sorry message. I was unable to do anything on the desktop PC and I started browsing on my Laptop. First thing I did was a search using the error message and found many people were facing the same issue. There are different opinions about the error message varies from system error to possible malware attack. While surfing more, I found it was not malware but a built-in Windows debugger program. Microsoft is using Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger to collect error reports from devices which use their Operating systems.

How to Fix Dr.Watson Postmortem Debugger Error Message

As I expected, it is not an essential tool for a user. We can either delete or disable it without affecting the functionality of our computers. So I decided to disable this program to make my desktop PC work again. I tried to log on to my Desktop computer and successfully log on to the Windows account after a few unsuccessful attempts. Then I followed the steps below.

How to disable Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger
  1. Click on start

  2. Click on Run and type drwtsn32 on run window and Click on OK. Now the Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger options window will open. It looks like the image below.

  3. Uncheck all the checkboxes under options and click OK.

Where Can I read Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger Log Files?

As I explained before, it is a default unnecessary program installed by Microsoft to collect information regarding software errors or bugs. It keeps a log file which stores all software errors happened and sends it to Microsoft. Log file created by Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger records all kinds of software errors that occur and to read this log file, you may navigate to the following location.

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\DrWatson

It is saved in the name drwtsn32 and can be opened in notepad. This log file contains Application exception occurred, System Information, Task List etc... We can change the log file path of Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger by accessing it by following the steps below.
  1. Click Start, and go to the Run.

  2. Type drwtsn32 on Run and press OK.

    What is

    In this window, you can change current settings including log file location. You can specify a different address for the log file if you want to change the current path.

Since it is an error reporting tool from Microsoft, you will get the error message "Dr.Watson Postmortem Debugger has encountered a Problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience" when a program crash. It is not because of virus infection but a feature (unnecessary though) is doing its duty only in an annoying way. Now let us check some other interesting Microsoft tutorials below.
  1. How To Edit and Change Windows Boot Menu Options On boot.ini

  2. Prevent Installing Unwanted Applications

  3. Steps to Edit boot.ini file

  4. Steps to Open System Volume Information Folder

  5. How to Hide A Laptop In a LAN

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