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CNET Membership newsletter March 29, 2004 

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Dear CNET members:
Thanks again, everyone, for all the great submissions to last week's question. And a big thank-you, Brad, for such a polite way of asking for advice on the removal of that "friendly" error message. I frankly find it a bit bothersome, but that's just me. We hope you and others find this week's friendly answer helpful. Here it is.

1 In Windows XP, every time a program crashes, a message appears asking me if I want to send a report to Microsoft. I don't. Is there any way for me to keep that friendly message from appearing?

--Submitted by Brad D. of Columbia, TN

1. Right-click My Computer on the desktop if using the classic Windows start menu (otherwise, right-click My Computer on the start menu).
2. Click Properties
3. In System Properties, go to the Advanced tab.
4. Click Error Reporting.
5. Click Disable error reporting.
6. It's optional whether you want to be informed of critical Windows errors.
7. Click Ok > "Ok out of system properties," and this should disable the error reporting.

--Submitted by member: Lyn G. of Victoria, Australia
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Is there an easy way for Windows to always maximize a window size when I launch an application? Windows has forgotten my settings.

--Submitted by member: Karen C. of Birmingham, AL

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