When an application crashes, Windows error reporting pops up a box with “send” and “don’t send” buttons offering you the chance to send technical data relating to the crash back to Microsoft. It happens for Microsoft applications and third-party applications too.
As a side-effect of attending an MSDN session about Vista, the speaker (Dan Moth) mentioned “winqual” to the audience.
This is what he was talking about. Dan was telling us that we can register on the winqual site and gain access to the technical data sent as a result of our own applications crashing (assuming our end-users actually click Send…everybody clicks on Send, right?) Whilst a credit card is required for registration, gaining access to your own application’s data is free – the site is careful to advise if there a cost involved for other content.