I wish get your recommendations for central analysis of BSODs software. I have a bunch of dumps which I wish to analyze and understand the root cause for the system crash.

Which tools/applications could I use?

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    I'm not exactly sure where it's written, but the rules for this site typically require some price info, whether you want to use is standalone or on a server, a web-app or similar and which features the tool must have. If possible, be a little bit more specific regarding the environment in which the tool might be used: are you a developer, service provider or an admin of an IT department? Jun 20, 2016 at 19:34
  • @ThomasWeller 100% agree – and it's on our Meta: What is required for a question to contain "enough information"?
    – Izzy
    Jun 20, 2016 at 19:37

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For IT departments

Nirsoft Bluescreenview is a nice tool to show the content of a BSOD the same way it was displayed on the screen. This is often sufficient to find out the data needed for googling a problem (like the STOP code etc.). This is fine if your task is mainly of IT administrative nature.

  • Bluescreenview is free
  • and portable

The central factor here is that it will collect all BSODs of one PC automatically.

The downside is: you can't do an in-depth analysis. It may be a starting point to find the right BSOD to be later analyzed in WinDbg (as mentioned before).

Nirsoft Bluescreenview


For kernel driver developers

Windows kernel crash dumps can be analyzed with WinDbg (pronounce "windebug", "windbag" or "win-dee-bee-gee").

Regarding the central analysis of crashes, you can e.g. run it on a server and write scripts (MSDN) to automate the analysis for you. However, note that there are dozens of potential causes and writing a good script may take some time. The !analyze -v command already does a lot for you.

Assuming that you're mainly interested in debugging your own software (as opposed to doing Microsoft a favor and analyzing their issues), you have to set up your own symbol server (Stack Overflow).

WinDbg is very powerful and probably the only tool up-to-date with the latest versions of Microsoft Windows, since Microsoft itself uses it for debugging the OS.

Becoming familiar with WinDbg is a hard task, though. It took me years to profoundly answer questions about it - and I do user mode debugging only. Maybe a kernel driver developer can become familiar with WinDbg a bit faster.

WinDbg BSOD analysis

  • Thanks Thomas for the answers the info was very helpfull and sorry for not being clear about my request to begin with. I am familiar with both the windbg and the Bluescreenview. I am an It professional looking for the best application to analyze my organization system crashes, therefore the below requirement are important: • A server based application should be the best option for me. • It could be either free or paid where budget shouldn't be an issue. • The most important analyses output would be (as displayed in windbg output): o Probably caused by. o Process name.
    – Ed coolest
    Jun 25, 2016 at 18:49
  • @Edcoolest: ok, then your problem is more to collect the crashes from the clients, send them to you so that you can use WinDbg to analyze? Jun 27, 2016 at 5:11

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