In earlier versions of Windows, when an app crashes, I would get a dialog that says "<app> has stopped working". However, in Windows 10, I don't typically see this dialog—the app simply closes and the Windows Error Reporting service (
WerFault.exe) reports the crash. (This dialog can still appear for foreground apps but I don't usually see it for Windows Store apps, background apps, or system apps like Windows Explorer. Also, the behavior may depend on whether a debugger such as Visual Studio is installed.)
I can't help but think that Microsoft is either
- trying to prevent users from stopping WER from reporting the crash, as part of its strategy of relying on telemetry to improve its products at the expense of privacy, or
- removing the need for user input when an application crashes, which can sometimes be problematic—when the "stopped working" dialog appears, the crashed application doesn't actually exit until the user closes the error dialog, which may not be possible if the application has hooked the mouse such as with many full-screen games.
Regardless, I have not been able to find an official source on this change. Is this change by design, and is there some registry change or other means by which I can re-enable this dialog? The ideal answer contains a reference to an official Microsoft source; this isn't meant to be an opinion-based question.