How to remove just-in-time debugger

Written by margaret worthington
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Microsoft's Just-In-Time Debugger is a program that launches Visual Studio automatically after a program crashes. It's purpose is to allow programmers to debug applications that have been started outside of the Visual Studio programming environment. However, the program is not very useful for the average user. Although you can't fully remove it from your computer, you can disable the program so that it does not generate popups every time a program crashes or has a problem.

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  1. 1

    Log in to the Administrator account on your computer, or right-click on the Visual Studio application and select to run it in Administrator Mode.

  2. 2

    Open Visual Studio and close out any prompts or popups it brings up.

  3. 3

    Click the "Tools" menu and select “Options.”

  4. 4

    Select the "Debugging" folder in the Options dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Select the "Just-In-Time" option, then clear the three checkboxes next to the Managed, Native and Script options to disable Just-In-Time debugging for those option types.

  6. 6

    Click "OK" to confirm your changes.

  7. 7

    Close Visual Studio and reboot your computer to complete the settings change that will turn off Just-In-Time Debugging.

Tips and warnings

  • Uninstalling Visual Studio will not make the Just-In-Time Debugger popups go away. In fact, uninstalling Visual Studio can create more popups, since programs will look for Visual Studio, but being unable to find it, will spawn more errors.
  • To avoid seeing Just-In-Time Debugger popups at all, don't install Visual Studio on your computer.
  • To keep Just-In-Time Debugging open for certain types of crashes, leave the appropriate options boxes checked in the Settings window. For example, leaving the Script option checked will enable Just-In-Time Debugging for crashing scripts, but not for other types of crashing applications.
  • If you try to modify these options and you are not in Administrator mode, you may receive an error message, or you may simply not be able to modify the settings. You must have Administrator privileges in order to change this option.

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