Winqual

Tue, October 10, 2006, 02:25 PM under Windows | Vista
Whenever I talk about the Vista enhancements in Windows Error Reporting, I am surprised to discover the number of devs that ask me "What is winqual?”

You know how sometimes an application crashes and then you hit that "send" button in the dialog that pops up? Well guess where it sends those reports (which can include your own diagnostics!).

That isn't just "a server that Microsoft uses to diagnose potential system issues". It is a server with data about *your* application, waiting for *you* to examine that data. Simply go register for free on winqual.

If you fix a bug and want to update all those users that have been hitting "send", how do you update them? Yup, winqual again. Trust me; it will make them happy :)

So what are you waiting for, use the Vista enhancements, register with winqual for free, examine the bug reports, and update your users with the solution. Let me hear you repeat after me (am I taking this too far?):
"I am off to http://winqual.microsoft.com/"


Thursday, January 31, 2008 10:54:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Just tried signing up for WinQual as per your recommendation at your presentation in Manchester - I've given up because the password restrictions are absolutely ludicrous!

"Password Requirements: Contain 8 - 16 characters with both upper and lower case (e.g., a-z, A-Z). Have digits and punctuation/symbol characters as well as letters e.g., 0-9, !@#$%^&*()_+|~-=\`{}[]:";'<>?,./). One or more of the characters from the second (2) to sixth (6) positions must not be an alphabet character e.g. between A-Z or a-z."

We've a chance of remembering a password like that HOW?

Wonder if you could pass this on to the relevant team...?
Saturday, February 02, 2008 9:20:06 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Tom: As per my direct email reply, please use the "contact us" link at the bottom of that page to offer them your feedback. Believe me, my feedback is just an email that at some point may be deleted/forgotten; your feedback gets in a requirements database and gets tracked.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 6:22:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Me? I appreciate that they have stringent password requirements.

Their site stores information that's really secret to my company.....

Very necessary!


Right now, I am considering removing my home baked crash dump catcher and ftp uploader, in favor of letting the OS take care of it!
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