Always Create Crash Dump Files

by Eric Geier [Published on 11 Jan. 2012 / Last Updated on 7 April 2011]

Force Windows to create crash reports when there's less than 25GB of free HD space.

If your hard drive has less than 25GB of free space, Windows 7 won’t create crash dump files for help diagnose crash issues. However, you can force it to regardless of free space with this new Registry entry:

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl

DWORD Name: AlwaysKeepMemoryDump

DWORD Value: 1

You can then find the memory.dmp file in the Windows directory.

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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