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Dump File - Change Default Location

How to Change the Default Memory Dump File Location in Windows
Published by Brink
23 Dec 2011
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How to Change the Default Memory Dump File Location in Windows


information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to view and change the default location where to save a memory dump file at when you get a BSOD in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.





OPTION ONE
To Change Dump File Location in Startup and Recovery
1. Open the Start Menu.
A) Right click on the Computer button on the dark right side and click on Properties.

B) Go to step 3.
OR

2. Open the Control Panel (icons view) and click on the System icon.

3. In the left blue pane, click on the Advanced system settings link. (see screenshot below)
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4. Close the System window. (see screenshot above)

5. Under the Advanced tab, click on the Settings button under Startup and Recovery. (see screenshot below)
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6. Do step 7 or 8 below to change the default location of the dump file that you currently have Windows set to create when you get a BSOD.

7. To Change the Default Location of the "Kernal Memory Dump" and "Complete Memory Dump" File
NOTE: The Kernal memory dump or Complete memory dump uses the same location.
A) With Kernal memory dump or Complete memory dump selected, type in the full path in the "Dump file" field that you would like to have the MEMORY.DMP file saved at with MEMORY.DMP still at the end of the path. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: The default path is C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP or %SystemRoot%\MEMORY.DMP.
For Example: If I wanted to change the default location to C:\Users\Public, I would type this location below.

C:\Users\Public\MEMORY.DMP
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B) Go to step 9.
8. To Change the Default Location of the "Small Memory Dump" File
A) With Small memory dump selected, type in the full path in the "Dump file" field that you would like to have the Minidump file saved at with Minidump still at the end of the path. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default path is C:\Windows\Minidump or %SystemRoot%\Minidump.
For Example: If I wanted to change the default location to C:\Users\Public, I would type this location below.

C:\Users\Public\Minidump
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B) Go to step 9.
9. Click on OK. (see screenshots below step 7A or 8A)

10. If prompted, click on Restart after you save and close anything that you have open. (see screenshot below)



OPTION TWO
To Change Dump File Location in Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, type regedit in the search box, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista).

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below, then do step 4 or 5 below. (see screenshots below step 4A or 5A below)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl
4. To Change the Default Location of the "Kernal Memory Dump" and "Complete Memory Dump" File
NOTE: The Kernal memory dump or Complete memory dump uses the same location.
A) In the right pane of CrashControl, double click on DumpFile to modify it. (see screenshot below)
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B) Type in the full path in the "Dump file" field that you would like to have the MEMORY.DMP file saved at with MEMORY.DMP still at the end of the path, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default path is C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP or %SystemRoot%\MEMORY.DMP.
For Example: If I wanted to change the default location to C:\Users\Public, I would type this location below.

C:\Users\Public\MEMORY.DMP
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C) Go to step 6.
5. To Change the Default Location of the "Small Memory Dump" File
A) In the right pane of CrashControl, double click on MinidumpDir to modify it. (see screenshot below)
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B) Type in the full path in the "Dump file" field that you would like to have the Minidump file saved at with Minidump still at the end of the path, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default path is C:\Windows\Minidump or %SystemRoot%\Minidump.
For Example: If I wanted to change the default location to C:\Users\Public, I would type this location below.

C:\Users\Public\Minidump
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C) Go to step 6.
6. When finished, close regedit.



OPTION THREE
To Change Dump File Location in a Command Prompt

warning   Warning
Using the command prompt will only change the default location of the dump file that you currently have Windows set to create when you get a BSOD.

1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. To See What the Current Default Dump File Location is Set To
A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
wmic RECOVEROS get DebugFilePath

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3. To Change the Default Dump File Location
A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
wmic RECOVEROS set DebugFilePath = "file path"

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Note   Note
Substitute file path in the command above with the full path within quotes that you would like to have the Minidump or MEMORY.DMP file saved at with Minidump or MEMORY.DMP still at the end of the path.

Minidump = Small memory dump

MEMORY.DMP = Kernal and Complete memory dump


4. Close the elevated command prompt.
That's it,
Shawn








1 Week Ago   #1
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Hello Shawn I have looked through your tutorials to find how I can view any BSOD dump file stuff as last night when closing down this laptop it BSOD'd.
The machine has been working rather odd just lately and is working perfectly well now but I am just curious as to what caused it to blue screen on shut down.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
1 Week Ago   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hey John,

If you like, follow the instructions at the link below to post this in the BSOD forum area to see if one of our experts may be able to help ID what the cause is, and possibly give a solution to help prevent it from happening again.

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions
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1 Week Ago   #3
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks Shawn I might just do that but I was just going to have a quick look myself first if I could find the location of the dump as I have been trying to get into reading those dump files for others. But if necessary I shall do what you say if I cannot find them
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1 Week Ago   #4
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
the location of the dump
Usually they are found in C:\Windows\Minidump
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1 Week Ago   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks Colin I shall go look in that machine - am on the ok one at the moment.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
1 Week Ago   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Very strange just opened that up and there are none yet I definitely had a blue screen and I have "cleaned" anything since.
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1 Week Ago   #7
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Have you configured Windows for minidumps?
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1 Week Ago   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Well I thought it was by default so I shall have to check again.
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