Windows Crash Reports

By Deane Barker on August 10, 2003

Magic Number: 30 Billion: You know those little notifications you get from Windows that your machine has crashed and do you want to send the information to Redmond? Here’s an interesting look at what must happen behind the scenes.

“According to the Computer Industry Almanac, there were 603 million worldwide in 2001, and the growth rate seems to be around 10 to 15 percent per year. Let’s be relatively conservative, and add just under 100 million to get a round number of 700 million PCs. With 10 percent of them crashing daily, we have 70 million crashes every 24 hours. And since only 35 percent are XP machines, 24.5 million reports a day accumulate in Redmond.”