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DrWatson on VISTA

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I have a program (vLog) that set the registry to activate DrWatson and to "tell" DrWatsobn where is the prgram's map file.
I have a nother program that simulate a "crash"
It works well on XP, the program displays the "...encountered a problem and needs to clode..." error message, and DrWatson creates the log file that shows were the crash occured.
Now I tried the same thing on VISTA.
1. It does not display any message (the program is closed without any message).
2. Dr Watson is not activated (does not create the log file).
Do I need to do something special under VISTA?


The registry is set in two places:
 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug
"Auto"=1
"Debugger"="drwtsn32 -p %ld -e %ld -g"
 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DrWatson
"WaveFile"=""
"LogFilePath"="C:\\Users\\Public\\Documents\\vLog\\Shlomo\\DrWatson"
"CrashDumpFile"="C:\\Users\\Public\\Documents\\vLog\\Shlomo\\DrWatson\\user.dmp"
"NumberOfCrashes"=dword:0000000a
"DumpSymbols"=dword:00000000
"DumpAllThreads"=dword:00000000
"AppendToLogFile"=dword:00000000
"VisualNotification"=dword:00000000
"SoundNotification"=dword:00000000
"CreateCrashDump"=dword:00000000
"CrashDumpType"=dword:00000002
"Instructions"=dword:00000032
"MaximumCrashes"=dword:0000000a

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by:BrandonGalderisi
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I think that Dr. Watson lost his license to practice under Vista.

Dr. Watson, the system failure or "crash" analysis tool, has been replaced in this version of Windows with Problem Reports and Solutions.


http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/help/6c8431c2-8cac-4ff5-b210-4dceb3fd88331033.mspx/
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by:VapiSoft
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I don't understand.
1.I see that DRWATSON.EXE is installed on my VISTA in c:\windows\system32)
2. How does "Problem Reports" help me analayze my "crash".
DrWatson used to generate a log file that shoed me exactly were the "crash" was in the application.
3. I opened the "Problem Reports" and there was only "No solutions found" line.

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qz8dsw earned 500 total points
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Try this.

http://www.dumpanalysis.org/blog/index.php/2007/05/19/resurrecting-dr-watson-on-vista/
Specifically they saved a copy of the XP DRWATSON.exe
This new version does not react the same as the XP version.
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by:nobus
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did you try running your program as administrator?  right click it, select run as admin
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by:VapiSoft
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1. I am running as adminstrator, but I also tried to "run as administrator".
2. Even with the "TestDefaultDebugger" that I downloaded from the site, it still does not display the error message and does not create the log file.
3. I don't know why, but now I have "Dr. Watson" in my Tasks-Bar and when I click on it I see the dialog (attached) and I cannot make it disapear.
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by:nobus
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>>  1. I am running as adminstrator   <<   in vista, that is not administrator, there are several "admin" levels..
look here :  http://computerperformance.co.uk/vista/vista_administrator_activate.htm

and it seems like DrWatsons is running, but not sure what he does?
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by:VapiSoft
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I read it, it does not seem to be relevant to DrWatson.
I still have the problem why Dr.Watson does not work.
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by:nobus
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it's all i found , sorry
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by:qz8dsw
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Sorry I gave you the wrong exe name
You need to get a copy of drwtsn32.exe from an XP machine.
If you follow what they said it all works.
(For configuring Dr Watson you run drwtsn32 without any command line parameters.
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by:qz8dsw
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I feel http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_Vista/Q_24310842.html?cid=238#a24111888 answers this post.
It resurects the XP Dr Watson under vista including the dump files etc...
My only mistaky was giving them the wrong exe name to get off the XP machine. (Corrected in the last post)
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by:qz8dsw
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I tried in 24111888   for restoring XP's Dr Watson under Vista and it works fine (baring my correcting the exe name which was correcting in my last post). However I never got any feedback.
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