How to Read Windows Blue Screen of Death Debug (memory dump) files?

I’m pretty sure you’ve had the “pleasure” of your PC crashing all of a sudden and out of nowhere Windows displays a Blue Screen with weird White text and numbers in-it (have had any of those? 😉 ). But the thing is, though this is a debugger message, yet other than Microsoft, for us users, this is pretty much useless since it doesn’t display much of anything (or in a “language” that we can understand).

However, there’s a tool called “BlueScreenView” that analyzes these saved memory dump files in your Windows installation folder and lets us see what programs and files that are behind the crash.

Still for most this may not be a huge deal but for others like computer technicians, this can be a handy tool when trying to figure out the cause/s of a system crash.

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“It’s a terror knowing what the world is about”… 😉

Main features…

*. When you run it and if your PC is already crashed, then upon the next reboot it’ll automatically scan the “dump folder” and load them into the window.

*. Shows the crash time/date & other associate programs, Kernel services etc.

*. It also highlights the most “suspected” drivers for that system crash.

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*. Access a full list of dump file properties window that shows things like: “Sys” driver name, version, path to the dump file, Bug code, a small description of the file, Crash address etc.

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*. Save the log to disk.

*. Has a separate portable version (no need to install).

*. And the best thing is, it even lets you search for the Blue screen error in Google from its window!.

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*. Supports: Windows XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Vista, and Windows 7.

Remember, after a system crash, don’t use something like a system cleaner (temp file cleaner utility) otherwise they’ll wipe out the dump files and make it impossible for this tool to load them. If interested, get it from this Official site (oh it’s free!).

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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