Talk:Dr. Watson (debugger)

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Dehistic?[edit]

This page calls the tool dehistic. What the hell does that mean? I've searched the web and found no real references to this, and this page seems to be the only occurrence on Wikipedia.Methulah (talk) 13:15, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

It's not in the dictionary and it seems reasonable that the author meant to use the word diagnostic so I will change it. PurpleFlux (talk) 01:11, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Other name[edit]

This article [1] call the file %Systemroot%\System32\Dwwin.exe as Microsoft Application Error Reporting (AER). If there's no objection I will add this bit to the article. R8Rooy 16:16, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

An interesting bit of trivia[edit]

Back in the Windows 3.1 days (when pcs were only a generation advanced on the old coal-powered mainframes), I remember a tech columnist once commenting that "Dr. Watson" was the most common computer virus, because it could be found running on every computer -- most computer users had no idea what it was supposed to do, & enabled it because they thought it would somehow help in ways other than catching debug info from a crashing application. (Well, I admit I thought so too, back when I knew far less about computers than I do now.) Any one else remember this bit of snark -- or even better, can source it for inclusion? -- llywrch 15:49, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

Notes[edit]

The new name of Windows Error Reporting, or Aplication Error reporting (in vista) should be noted. It may also be worth noting that Microsoft Office 2003 came with its own version of Dr. Watson, based on the XP version, but offering the chance to reload the office program recoving the current document. It otherwise behaved just like the Regular XP Dr. Watson, offering the user the chance to submit the crash log to Microsoft. I don't know if Office 2007 includes a similarly customized Dr. Watson, or some other error catcher and reporter. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.2.110.131 (talk) 05:23, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

I added the part about the name change, but I don't have time to do research about the change in Office 2003/2007. Someone willing to do so? -Opt05 (talk) 13:33, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Office diagnostics (2007)[edit]

Evidently it was known as "Customer Watson": http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc178954.aspx#BKMK_WhatsRemoved 76.117.247.55 (talk) 21:49, 4 December 2011 (UTC)