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How do I read _application_ dump files?

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    How do I read _application_ dump files?


    Hello!

    I've done a forum search before opening a new topic, and the solutions I found in other topics are for reading BSOD minidumps, not application dump files, so for example BlueScreenView won't do me any good.

    I have a 3rd party application that crashes frequently. The last time I created a dump file. After searching google for the better part of an hour on how to read dump files of applications specifically, I only came up with using dumpchk.exe for a solution, but the dump file is so large, I can not read the entire dump in the command line.

    Is there a 3rd party application I can read entire dump files with?

    Thanks in advance!

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    The short version is you don't. Dump files are really only useful if you have access to the source code of the program they're for, so even if you could read them, it wouldn't help you much. Those dump files are intended for Microsoft's developers to be able to analyze what was going on at the time and determine if it had anything to do with Windows (or some other MS program). They're not intended for the average person, even the average developer.
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    Thanks for the heads up, but I really would like to have actual access to the content. Whether I'd be able to make heads or tails of it, once I have access to the content, is an entirely different matter.

    So what's the long version?
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    The long version is I'm not even sure anyone outside of Microsoft can read those dump files, but your best bet would be the debugger found in VisualStudio. Not sure if the free Express version would have it, my guess is no, so you'd be looking at probably a couple hundred dollars. Even then all you're likely going to get is a copy of whatever was in RAM at the time the error happened along with a function name and line number where the runtime bailed after hitting some failsafe for unhandled exceptions. You are going to be supremely underwhelmed, even if you had the development experience to know what it is you were looking at.
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    Who Crashed is used to give an easy to read output of the Dump log.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asvent View Post
    The short version is you don't. Dump files are really only useful if you have access to the source code of the program they're for, so even if you could read them, it wouldn't help you much. Those dump files are intended for Microsoft's developers to be able to analyze what was going on at the time and determine if it had anything to do with Windows (or some other MS program). They're not intended for the average person, even the average developer.
    Actually they are useful. How else are you going to troubleshoot issues? Come to a forum for every time the computer BSOD's, instead of educating yourself on how to fix it, without needing to keep running to an Internet forum.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Who Crashed is used to give an easy to read output of the Dump log.
    Thank you, thank you so much! This tool is exactly what I wanted! Took me 2 minutes to find the cause of my crash.
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    Windows 8.1


    For future reference, just in case someone will have the same issue, but needs more information than WhoCrashed is displaying in the summary, I found a method to export the entire dump file to a txt log just a couple of kilobytes long:

    Scott Forsyth's Blog - Reading a memory.dmp or other .dmp file
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