Details of memory dump in Windows® 7 and its importance
What is a memory dump? Why is it important in Windows 7?
Memory dump files in Windows 7 records the set of useful information that help you to identify the reason why your computer stops unexpectedly. This memory dump file include all the information regarding stop messages, a list of loaded drivers and information about the processor that stopped. This memory dump file helps when the hard disk has limited space. Memory dump files can be loaded by using the Dump Check utility and can verify whether memory dump files are created properly. There are a number of options or commands that help you to use the information in memory dump files. It helps in preserving useful information in different files and you can access those files whenever you need by using different commands. Different memory dump errors occur in Windows 7 such as blue screen memory dump error that is caused due to hardware problems.
Details about various memory dump files, and how to set memory dump files in Windows 7:
- Kernel memory dump
- Small memory dump
- Setting Windows 7 memory dump file location
Kernel memory dump
A kernel memory dump gets created whenever a machine has kernel faults and this dump gets stored in the %systemroot% folder as a memory dump file. By default, a Windows system creates kernel memory dump files which are an intermediate size dump file that records only kernel memory. They provide information regarding troubleshooting and they store only kernel memory information. The size of kernel memory dump varies and it contains only kernel mode read or write pages that are present in the physical memory at the time of a system crash.
Small memory dump
A small memory dump is a 64KB dump that contains the stop code, list of all the loaded drivers and parameters. It records all necessary information that will help you to identify the cause of getting your system to stop unexpectedly. Windows keeps a list of all small memory dump files in the %systemroot% folder, and there are various options to open and read these small dump files.
For setting a Windows 7 memory dump file, you have to first select the 'Properties' option by right-clicking on the computer and then select the 'Advanced System Settings' from the 'System' window. Then click the 'Settings' option in the Startup and Recovery section of the Advanced tab and type the new memory dump file location, and name it in the dump file box, by finally clicking 'Ok' to save the settings.
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