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Dr. Watson, Come Right Away

Although you won't find it on the Windows XP menus, a program called Dr. Watson can help you trace severe problems that occur when you run some programs. When you start the Dr. Watson system utility program, the program sits in the background (a new taskbar icon appears) and waits for a problem.

Although Windows XP is far more stable than previous Windows versions, problems can still occur. If your system freezes and you've started Dr. Watson, Dr. Watson will record all pertinent system information right before the error occurred. In other words, if your system freezes or displays a serious system error, you can restart your PC and read the log file that Dr. Watson will have created right before the problem occurred. Dr. Watson is not foolproof; some systems crash and freeze and Dr. Watson cannot always catch the problem.


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