How To Run The WinDbg Tool and Open .DMP Files?
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- Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
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Wally’s Answer: WinDbg is a tool that is used to read .dmp files made in the minidump folder when a crash occurs in Windows. Here, we will be looking at how to Install WinDbg and open .dmp files with it to analyze them.
Note: If you want to know where Blue Screen Dump files are located, and how to get someone else to analyze them for you, then please click here
If you want to know how to Download and Install the WinDbg tool, then click here
Use Debugging Tools To Read Dump Files
Windows makes a MiniDump file when a system crash occurs. This MiniDump (dmp) file can be found in C:\Windows\MiniDump
How To Run WinDbg After Installation?
Please open the Start Menu. You should be able to find WinDbg in the list of recently installed programs. Select WinDbg x86 for 32-bit and WinDbg x64 for a 64-bit version.
Since you’re using Windows 10, you need to select WinDbg x64 for a 64-bit version
If not, then you can scroll down the list of installed programs and click Windows Kits WinDbg should be in that folder.
How To Open Blue Screen Dump Files Using WinDbg?
Once you’ve opened WinDbg, click File and click Open Crash Dump…
Select your .dmp file from C:\Windows\MiniDump and Press Enter to open.
It should look like the following image. (it can take almost 30 seconds to open)
Now that we’ve opened the .dmp file, we’re ready to analyze it. Please click here to continue
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