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Creating a Windows Vista "dump" file


Here is a nice feature that I found when poking around Windows Vista. In Windows Vista, you can create dump files that are stored in the Temp directory.

Dump files are really useful when you need to troubleshoot BSOD, application crashes, freezing, and any problem a Windows box maybe exhibiting.

Here are the steps to create a dump file in Windows Vista.

  1. Open Task Manager.
  2. Right-click on applicable process.
  3. Select Create Dump. A dialog box will appear with the path of the file. Typically it will be in "c:\users\Appdata\Local\Temp\***.DMP.
  4. Open Dump file in applicable debugger tool such as WinDBG to troubleshoot your issue. You simply type Windbg in the Instant Search and choose File|Open Crash Dump.

6 comments
junk
junk

Yes - it's a great feature for troubleshooting BSOD, application crashes, freezing, blue screens, cryptic error messages, unexpected behaviour, security breaches, worms, adware, spyware, port scanning, firewall attacks and... Yikes - I think I'll just get a Mac!

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

"Now what driver do you want me to delete"?If they have us fixing our own computers will they then have us fixing our own cars too?We need computer fixes because we are not getting any response from the industry.

dotZen
dotZen

..mac users are immune to, secret API's, propritery hardware/software, monopolisitc packaging of software/hardware combinations, security breaches, freezing, worms, adware, spyware, port scanning, firewall attacks..Yikes- I think you have to much faith in any computer industry to be perfect. Unless your stuff don't stink..

Fil0403
Fil0403

Yes - it's a great feature for troubleshooting BSOD, application crashes, freezing, blue screens, cryptic error messages, unexpected behaviour, security breaches, worms, adware, spyware, port scanning, firewall attacks, world starving, nuclear attacks, AIDS but besides not needing to name the same problems twice to try and make a (ignorant) point (BSOD and blue screens, just to name oneexample ), I'm using Vista for more than 6 months already and I've never needed any dump file for troubleshooting any of the problems you mentioned... Yikes - you talk like any of the many ignorants who think Macs don't have any of that (yes, even Macs have the equivalent of BSOD - in fact, you can even configure Macs to show an almost exact BSOD when they crash - and they do) and if you'll buy one I guess you prefer to have all that (with the exception of world starving, nuclear attacks and AIDS, that's Windows only of course) along with having to apply 50+ patches every month and seeing half of your software and hardware rendered useless, LOL!

dotZen
dotZen

the passive consumerist. Consumption is the way to bliss.. or is that ignorance? Not interested in fixing your own car? Fine, I can fix it, mind if I charge you your arm and a leg? Oh, you need me to fix your computer, too? Mind if you through in your first born and we'll call it even? Consume, sheep, consume.

Fil0403
Fil0403

"Any". Wouldn't it be good if you could fix your car's problems without having to spend money paying someone to do it for you? At least with Windows you have that option, you just need to know what you're doing (like with any other thing).

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