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Solved: Dr. Watson is blocking my Automatic Windows Updates

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Verimeilee, Feb 14, 2007.

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  1. Verimeilee

    Verimeilee Thread Starter

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    I have Automatic Windows Updates as an "Active" option on the security center, but i'm not warned when new updates are available, the icon on the right down corner doesn't show on the toolbar. And when i download the updates mannualy from the site, when installing them i get a message saying Dr. Watson blocked it for being potencial harming material for the system.
     
  2. Verimeilee

    Verimeilee Thread Starter

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    Can't anyone help me? :(
     
  3. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    "Dr. Watson" is considered useless by a number of knowledgeable folks here at TSG. A while back there was a posting with instructions for turning 'Watson' off. Here they are as I copied them:

    You can kill Dr.Watson anytime you want to. Here are two ways to disable Dr. Watson for Windows XP
    1)
    Start/Run Type: regedit OK
    Navigate to

    Hkey_local_machine/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/Current Version/Aedebug

    Click on and edit the debugger value delete the text in the popup box referring to Dr. Watson followed by some values which look like: drwtsn32 -p %ld -e %ld -g

    Click on OK

    Dr. Watson is now disabled

    2)

    Disabling Dr. Watson via the GUI Interface:

    Start/Run Type: drwtsn32.exe

    Clear all check marks from Options boxes.
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    I would initially use the second approach, since going into the Registry demands very careful attention to detail and one misstep can be disasterous.

    {redoak}
     
  4. Verimeilee

    Verimeilee Thread Starter

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    Disabling Dr. Watson won't get me into trouble? Forgive my question but when it comes to computers i only know a bit more than the basics :)
     
  5. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    I do not believe anything untoward will occur if you turn "Dr. Watson" off. I have done that "for many a moon." As I mentioned, knowledgeable folks here at TSG consider 'Watson' useless and it takes up computer resources with no advantage.

    You could always reverse the steps taken now, if you decide there is reason to reactivate 'Watson.' Don't use the first method that involves going into the Registry.

    {redoak}
     
  6. Verimeilee

    Verimeilee Thread Starter

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    OK. Thanks :)
     
  7. Verimeilee

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    had to go into the registry, the easier one wasn't enough. i guess it went all ok though :)
    thanks again :)
     
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    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    You are very welcome. Glad to be of help.
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