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Enable Windows Crash Dumps

You want to enable Windows crash dumps to help you determine why your Windows PC is crashing and/or getting a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).


This is done via Advanced settings in My Computer.

  1. Right-click on My Computer
  2. Click on Properties
  3. Click on Advanced
  4. In the Startup and Recovery section, click on Settings.
  5. In the System Failure section, select “Kernel memory dump” in “Write debugging information”. Be sure “Overwrite any existing file” is enabled.
  6. Click Ok until you fully exit the settings windows.

How to configure system failure and recovery options in Windows

Overview of memory dump file options for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

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