BlueSave writes NTs BSOD screen dump to text file

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell at have released freeware utility BlueSave that automatically saves the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) dump screen to a text file. Useful to Windows NT admin.

When your system crashes, you will see a message on the Blue Screen indicating that BlueSave has written the screen contents to a file. The file, which you can examine after the system reboots, is located at \WINNT\BLUESCRN.TXT (or your equivalent System Root directory). The file is only 8KB in size. If you get a One or more services failed to start error during a boot and the System event log shows that BlueSave indicates that a device is off-line, simply run the RegSetup utility that is installed in the BlueSave program group. After it has run reboot and BlueSave will be activated again.
This is a trial limited version of their commerical production product.

An alternative is Blue Screen Administration for Windows NT and 2000
offers you the chance to administer your Windows NT and Windows 2000 after a Blue Screen and fix boot errors or save data from defunct volumes. You can boot NT/2000 from disk and so gain access to systems whose passwords have been forgotten.

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