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What is drwtsn32.exe?

Part of DrWatson Postmortem Debugger by Microsoft

What is it?

Dr. Watson for Windows is a program error debugger that gathers information about your computer when an error (or user-mode fault) occurs with a program.
Description of drwtsn32.exe from Microsoft
Dr. Watson for Windows is a program error debugger that gathers information about your computer when an error (or user-mode fault) occurs with a program. Technical support groups can use the information that Dr. Watson obtains and logs to diagnose a program error. When an error is detected, Dr. Watson creates a text file (Drwtsn32.log) that can be delivered to support personnel by the method they prefer. You also have the option of creating a crash dump file, which is a binary file that a programmer can load into a debugger.
(drwtsn32.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does drwtsn32.exe run?

Process - drwtsn32.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the drwtsn32.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of drwtsn32.exe users, 73.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is drwtsn32.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.22016% CPU2201641.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          6.26 MB RAM29.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
2,660 /min118.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         6 GDI objects4.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:

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What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: drwtsn32.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: DrWatson Postmortem Debugger
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 5.1.2600.0 (XPClient.010817-1148)
Product version: 5.1.2600.0
Size: 44.5 KB
Original file name: drwtsn32.exe
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.2238440651%
Privileged CPU: 0.0036799570%
User CPU: 0.22016410807543%
Total CPU time: 80 ms
Total CPU time /min: 9 ms
Privileged CPU time: 20.03 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 2 ms
User CPU time: 60.09 ms
User CPU time /min: 7 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 40.03 MB
Peak committed memory: 47.67 MB
Paged memory: 6.26 MB
Peak paged memory: 6.3 MB
Paged system memory: 68.55 KB
Non-paged system memory: 5.05 KB
Working set memory: 166 KB
Peak working set memory: 8.31 MB
Min working set memory: 158 KB
Private memory: 6.26 MB
Page faults: 2,312
Page faults /min: 254
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 14
Read operations /min: 2
Total read transfer: 1.52 KB
Read transfer /min: 170 Bytes
Total write operations: 1,192
Write operations /min: 131
Total write transfer: 137.17 KB
Write transfer /min: 15.04 KB
Total other operations: 2,021
Other operations /min: 222
Total other transfer: 133.49 KB
Other Transfer /min: 14.64 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 6
Handle count average: 172
Thread count average: 2

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Child Process
Process Commands
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drwtsn32 -p 880 -e 3192 -g
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drwtsn32 -p 2884 -e 880 -g

Image hashes

MD5: c9f5e1de6da983e89e714ed80c11f000
SHA-1: 1717b633478fb107d3c26344f710328b93ae550c
SHA-256: 9fe9a49cfdf8e5764a264c19a11bb123d5bd9f1d11dbc469709b5a8178ec8f8b

PE image details

File packed: No
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