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Solved How do I read _application_ dump files?


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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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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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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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    Some of the hardware might seem odd (PSU, SSD), but I'm not wasting money on replacing perfectly functional hardware only because a newer version is out. Nor am I willing to pay extortion money for replacements or intended upgrades (GPU, RAM), especially if that "upgrade" has a hardware design flaw (CPU).
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My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i3-6100
    Motherboard
    ASUS Z170I PRO GAMING
    Memory
    Kingston 1x8GB [email protected]
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire HD7850 2GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 34UM68-P
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1080
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB SSD
    PSU
    Corsair TX650W (Seasonic OEM)
    Case
    Zalman M1
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212X
    Keyboard
    Ozone Strike Battle MX Brown
    Mouse
    Roccat Nyth
    Internet Speed
    34 Mbit
    Browser
    Chrome, Cyberfox, Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    common sense upper-intermediate v3.0
    Other Info
    Some of the hardware might seem odd (PSU, SSD), but I'm not wasting money on replacing perfectly functional hardware only because a newer version is out. Nor am I willing to pay extortion money for replacements or intended upgrades (GPU, RAM), especially if that "upgrade" has a hardware design flaw (CPU).

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