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Windows 7: WinDBG, I dont know which one to choose!


01 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 
WinDBG, I dont know which one to choose!

Hi folks, how are y'all doing?

I have a quick question. I am trying to download winDBG from Download and Install Debugging Tools for Windows and I'm confused on which one to choose because there are lots of choices! I'm running Windows 7 home premium 64 bit.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!


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01 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

You need these:

Install the Windows 7 Version of Debugging Tools for Windows

There are certain rare circumstances in which you might need to download the Windows 7 version of Debugging Tools for Windows. For example, if you need SOS.dll for version 1 of the .NET Framework, you can get it from the Windows 7 version of the tools but not from the Windows 8 version. The Windows 7 version of Debugging Tools for Windows is included in the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7.
Note: When you install the Windows SDK, but sure to select Debugging Tools in the installation wizard.
Windows Symbol Packages

When applications, libraries, or drivers are linked, the linker that creates the .exe, .sys, and .dll files also creates a number of additional files known as symbol files. Symbol files hold a variety of data which are not actually needed when running the binaries, but which could be very useful in the debugging process. In most debugging scenarios, you can get symbols as needed from Microsoft’s symbol server, and you do not need to download an entire symbol package. However, in some scenarios, you might want to download the entire set of symbols for a particular version of Windows.
If you want the entire set of symbols for Windows Server 2012 RC, Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000, then you can download a symbol package and install it on your computer.
On the Symbol Packages link, download the symbols for any Windows version you want to be able to debug. This one for sure:


Download Windows Symbol Packages

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server 8 Beta

Windows 8 Developer Preview and Windows Server Developer Preview


Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Symbols

These packages contain the full set of symbols required to debug the Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
Note: These packages also contain the full set of symbols required to debug Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.
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01 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Thanks for your reply. Can you please tell me which is best for BSOD? I want winDBG for BSOD.
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02 Sep 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
You need these:

Install the Windows 7 Version of Debugging Tools for Windows

There are certain rare circumstances in which you might need to download the Windows 7 version of Debugging Tools for Windows. For example, if you need SOS.dll for version 1 of the .NET Framework, you can get it from the Windows 7 version of the tools but not from the Windows 8 version. The Windows 7 version of Debugging Tools for Windows is included in the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7.
Note: When you install the Windows SDK, but sure to select Debugging Tools in the installation wizard.


This is the one you should use as you're using windows 7.
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02 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Thanks! One last question, what does SDK stands for?
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02 Sep 2012   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Software Development Kit?
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02 Sep 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Kunj,
You do NOT want to download and install the full SDK.

You only need the standalone component for debugging minidumps.


Please visit this iink and work your way thru so that you only get the standalone version.

Download and Install Debugging Tools for Windows

I used that link.
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02 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Karlsnooks, thanks for your reply and I will download the standalone version of that.

Thanks everyone for your advice!
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