A handy tool for the dreaded BSOD – bluescreenview

Posted: 5th April 2011 by Seth Killey in Apps

I’ve been on Windows 7 on my network for about a year now and for the first time I had to analyze a dump file for a blue screen of death.  So yeah, Windows 7 is significantly more stable than previous versions of Windows.  In the past, this has been a fairly arduous task that involves loading the windows debugging tools and then downloading the appropriate symbol files so you can figure out what file is causing the BSOD.  However, today I came across an excellent little tool for analyzing minidump files.  All you need to do is download bluescreenview from http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html and run the exe file…no installation necessary.  Within a minute I was able to quickly identify the likely problematic file.