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Old May 7th, 2012, 10:08 PM
leachim leachim is offline
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Read Minidump with Bootable CD ?

Cant boot a Win 7 64 bit

Am aching to know if it is a driver or sys file involved

Is there an .iso available that will boot into linux or something and can open a minidump file ?

Any other suggestions welcome

I see there is a 200MB downloadable MS file............ rather involved......
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Old May 8th, 2012, 10:29 AM
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AnnMarie AnnMarie is offline
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Yes but you need WinDbg to open it (unless the drive on the problem machine has failed in which case you will need specialized recovery software to retrieve the file). You can install WinDbg on another machine and use the Windows 7 installation disk to boot into the Recovery Environment on the affected computer and copy the file and transfer it to a flash drive. You can then copy it a folder on the computer with WinDbg installed on it and open it there.

To copy the file, plug in your flash drive and reboot using the disk. Open a command prompt and type:


and hit Enter. Notepad will open. Go to File Open and where it says Look In, if W7 is on your C drive, change the directory to OS (C: ) or to whatever drive letter W7 is installed on. Next, change the Files of Type to "All Files". You will now be able to navigate through your drive and save files to the flash drive. Rightclick on the file you want to save and choose Copy. Navigate to your flash drive, rightclick again and choose Paste.

That's all there is to it.
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