Frequent blue screen of death, or BSoD, crashes can be infuriating since they take control away from you. This post will illuminate some of the Windows crash dump analysis tips you can use to help make this madness stop.

How to do the Windows Crash Dump Analysis

1. Boot into Windows Recovery Console

2. Select Command Prompt from the list of options

3. Type diskpart into the command console

4. Type list volume

5. Find the Volume with System in the Info column (Usually Drive C )

6. Find the Volume of the flash drive you are copying to (Fs = FAT32)

7. Type exit

8. Type cd C:\Windows to navigate to the memory.dmp file

9. Type copy *.dmp F: (this assumes F: is your flash drive)

10. Type exit

11. Load windbg.exe from the Debugging Tools folder on the Desk Drive

12. Press ‘Crtl+S’ to select the Symbols location

13. Type in srv*Z:\Debugging Tools for Windows (x86)\Symbols (where Z:\.. is the location of the Symbols Directory)

14. Press OK

15. Press Crtl+D to open a Crash dump file

16. Open .DMP file and wait

Blue Screen Error Reference Guide

Code Error verifier Causes Solutions
0xC0000218 UNKNOWN HARD ERROR (HIVES) A necessary registry hive file could not load. The file may be corrupt or missing. Emergency Repair Disk; Windows re-installation.
0x000000D1 DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL Bad device driver; faulty or mismatched RAM; a damaged pagefile. Update drivers; update to latest Service Pack; run automatic updates; run memory diagnostics scans.
0x000000ED UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME Failed to mount boot drive. Run automatic updates; run chkdsk scan.
0x00000024 NTFS FILE SYSTEM Problem with driver that allows system to read and write NTFS files; physical disk corrupted; Interrupt Request Packet (IRP) corrupted. Run chkdsk scan.
0x0000000A IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL Bad driver; defective or incompatible hardware or software. Update drivers; update antivirus software; run hardware diagnostics scans; update to latest Service Pack; run automatic updates.
0x00000050 PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA Requested data not in memory; defective memory; incompatible software. Run memory diagnostics scans; run antivirus scans for possible rootkit; update antivirus; update drivers.
0x00000051 REGISTRY ERROR Can’t backup registry hive; Log on to PC error Install updates – SP, hotfix – KB810558 (Update: the Microsoft link to this KB is no longer up –; contact MS to help cure the corruption.
0x0000006F SESSION3 INITIALIZATION FAILED Corrupt device driver; missing or corrupt system file. Run system start up scans.
0x00000077 KERNEL STACK INPAGE ERROR Disk hardware failure; disk data corruption; virus infection. Run antivirus scans; run chkdsk scan; run hardware diagnostics scans.
0x0000007B INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE Device driver incorrectly installed; virus infection. Reinstall device drivers; run antivirus scans.
0x0000007E SYSTEM THREAD EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED Incompatible hardware; faulty device driver; faulty system service; software problems. Run hardware diagnostics scans; update drivers; run automatic updates.
0x0000008E KERNEL MODE EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED Incompatible hardware; sometimes driver issue; sometimes outdated BIOS. Run hardware diagnostics scans.
0x0000009F DRIVER POWER STATE FAILURE Driver power state inconsistent or invalid. Find the offending driver – KB315249
0x0000007F UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE TRAP Hardware failure; software issues; bound trap. Run hardware diagnostics scans.
0x000000A5 ACPI BIOS ERROR Errors in ACPI BIOS. Check for BIOS that is fully ACPI compiant; Press F7 on windows setup to install standard PC HAL (workaround)
0x000000B4 VIDEO DRIVER INIT FAILURE No video drivers able to start. Disable, remove, or roll back video driver.
0x000000F4 CRITICAL OBJECT TERMINATED Disk hardware failure. Run hardware diagnostics scans.

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