Varieties of User-Mode Dump Files

There are several kinds of user-mode crash dump files, but they are divided into two categories:

Full User-Mode Dumps


The difference between these dump files is one of size. Minidumps are usually more compact, and can be easily sent to an analyst.

Note Much information can be obtained by analyzing a dump file. However, no dump file can provide as much information as actually debugging the crash directly with a debugger.

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