How to open a mini dump file (mdmp) with WinDbg

Today I was debugging an issue where Microsoft Visual Studio was closing at random in a Microsoft Visual Studio Package. We narrowed down the issue to a previous Microsoft bug report: Fatal Execution Error. I came to a point where Microsoft Visual Studio was creating a mini dump file.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 After some quick thinking, I downloaded and installed Debugging Tools for Windows. I then opened WinDbg and clicked on “Open Crash Dump” and navigated to the location above.

WinDbg6.11.0001.404 AMD64

Your final result will look something like this:

Dump CUsersBlakeAppDataLocalTempWER73C8.tmp.mdmp - WinDbg6.11.0001.404 AMD64  

If you are looking for more information on how to analyze a mini dump file or how to tell WinDbg to use a symbol server then continue reading here.

Posted May 12 2009, 01:41 PM by Blake Niemyjski |;
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