Use the Dump Check Utility (Dumpchk.exe) to read a memory dump file or verify that the file has been created correctly.
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The Dump Check Utility does not require access to debugging symbols. Symbol files hold a variety of data which are not actually needed when running the binaries, but which could be very useful in the debugging process.
For more information about how to use Dump Check Utility in Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 156280: How to Use Dumpchk.exe to check a memory dump file
For more information about how to use Dump Check Utility in Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 315271: How to use Dumpchk.exe to check a Memory Dump file
Or, you can use the Windows Debugger (WinDbg.exe) tool or the Kernel Debugger (KD.exe) tool to read small memory dump files. WinDbg and KD.exe are included with the latest version of the Debugging Tools for Windows package.
To install the debugging tools, see the Download and Install Debugging Tools for Windows
webpage. Select the Typical installation. By default, the installer installs the debugging tools in the following folder: C:\Program Files\Debugging Tools for Windows
This Web page also provides access to the downloadable symbol packages for Windows. For more information about Windows symbols, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 311503: Use the Microsoft Symbol Server to obtain debug symbol files311503: Use the Microsoft Symbol Server to obtain debug symbol files
, and the Download Windows Symbol Packages
For more information about dump file options in Windows, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 254649: 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