Frequently experience application crashes, blue screen errors or sudden reboot problems? For every crash, a memory dump file will be generated by Windows, which can be analyzed using a debugger in order to determine the root cause for the crash. For those who don’t know how to use a debugger, download WhoCrashed Home Edition, a free Crash Dump Analyzer program from Resplendence Software. This program checks for drivers which have been crashing your computer by performing post-mortem Crash Dump analysis, and presents all gathered information in a comprehensible way.
Let’s assume your system crashed recently and the following Error Reporting dialog popped up on next restart.
To analyze the crash dump, download WhoCrashed Home Edition and install it.
Run WhoCrashed and click the Analyze button.
You’ll be prompted to download the Debugging Tools (required to analyze crash dumps) from Microsoft, as it’s not installed with Windows by default.
If you don’t already have the Windows Debugging Tools installed, click Download the required file from Microsoft site now.
After the Windows Debugging Tools is installed, the crash analysis report should now be ready.
In this case, the standard Microsoft module had crashed, as the crash dump in the above example was self-generated for purposes of illustration. In your case, it could be the network card, video, audio driver or any other driver causing the crash.
This is also a Professional version of WhoCrashed available, which can be purchased if you need to use this software in a commercial environment. The professional edition of WhoCrashed also allows analysis of crashdumps on remote drives and computers on the network and offers more detailed analysis.
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