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Enable or Disable Overwrite Existing BSOD Dump File in Windows 11

A BSOD (blue screen of death) error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

When you have a BSOD, the system saves mini dump files in C:\Windows\minidump and full system dump files in C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP by default.

Windows will overwrite any existing dump file by default when a new dump file gets created.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable overwrite any existing dump file in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Auto Deletion of Memory Dumps on Low Disk Space in Windows 11

A BSOD (blue screen of death) error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

When hard drive space becomes low, the system automatically deletes both mini dumps in C:\Windows\minidump and full system dump in C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP by default.

Dumps files are needed to help with BSOD debugging purposes.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the automatic deletion of memory dumps when disk space is low in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable BSOD Automatic Restart in Windows 11

A BSOD (blue screen of death) error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to enable or disable automatically restart computer on a BSOD system failure in Windows 11.

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Change BSOD Crash Memory Dump File Type in Windows 11

A BSOD (blue screen of death) error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

If you experience a BSOD, Windows 11 will create an Automatic memory dump type of dump file by default for debugging purposes.

You can have Windows generate any one of the following memory dump file types:

  • (none) for no dump file
  • Small memory dump (64 KB)
  • Kernel memory dump
  • Complete memory dump
  • Automatic memory dump
  • Active memory dump

This tutorial will show you how to change which BSOD memory dump file type will be generated in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable BSOD Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in Hyper-V

A BSOD (blue screen of death) error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

Windows has a hidden feature that you can enable to be able to manually force a BSOD by holding down the rightmost Ctrl key, and press the Scroll Lock key twice while in a Hyper-V gen 1 or gen 2 virtual machine (guest OS)..

When used, the system calls KeBugCheck and issues bug check 0xE2 (MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH). Unless crash dumps have been disabled, a crash dump file is written at this point.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to manually force a BSOD crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in a Hyper-V virtual machine on a Windows 10 and Windows 11 computer.

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Enable or Disable BSOD Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in Windows 11

A BSOD (blue screen of death) error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

Windows has a hidden feature that you can enable to be able to manually force a BSOD by holding down the rightmost Ctrl key, and press the Scroll Lock key twice.

When used, the system calls KeBugCheck and issues bug check 0xE2 (MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH). Unless crash dumps have been disabled, a crash dump file is written at this point.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to manually force a BSOD crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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How to Enable or Disable BSOD Automatic Restart in Windows 10

A blue screen error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to enable or disable automatically restart computer on a BSOD system failure in Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable BSOD Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in Hyper-V Virtual Machine

A blue screen error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

Windows has a hidden feature that you can enable to be able to manually force a BSOD by holding down the rightmost Ctrl key, and press the Scroll Lock key twice while in a Hyper-V gen 1 or gen 2 virtual machine (guest OS).

When used, the system calls KeBugCheck and issues bug check 0xE2 (MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH). Unless crash dumps have been disabled, a crash dump file is written at this point.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to manually force a BSOD crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in a Hyper-V virtual machine guest in a Windows 8 and Windows 10 host.

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How to Enable or Disable BSOD Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in Windows

A blue screen error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

Windows has a hidden feature that you can enable to be able to manually force a BSOD by holding down the rightmost Ctrl key, and press the Scroll Lock key twice.

When used, the system calls KeBugCheck and issues bug check 0xE2 (MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH). Unless crash dumps have been disabled, a crash dump file is written at this point.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to manually force a BSOD crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Run Blue Screen Error (BSOD) Troubleshooter in Windows 10

A blue screen error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly. When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

This tutorial will show you how to run the Blue Screen (BSOD) troubleshooter to troubleshoot errors that cause Windows 10 to stop or restart unexpectedly.

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