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Windows 7: Windows Dump Files Are Missing

08 Mar 2017   #11
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

do a google for no dump file created , you should get a lot of hits.
here's one from MS with some possibilities:
Windows does not save memory dump file after a crash


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08 Mar 2017   #12
axe0

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

What are the error codes of the BSOD's you see?

Please post the BSOD logs Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions, when no dumps are created the reason why they aren't created are usually logged.
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09 Mar 2017   #13
Brucex64

Windows 7 Pro SP1
 
 

I wonder if it has something to do with the windows/minidump folder being read-only? I've had this as an ongoing issue with my Windows installation where it doesn't think I am the administrator and if I try to move a file or do something it'll say I need administrator permission - I press continue and I can usually finish what I started. Yesterday I changed this folder to not be read only, but today its read only again. Under "user accounts" I only have one - ME - and it says Administrator but then like I said I get that admin persmission warning and it keeps everything on the C drive read-only.
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09 Mar 2017   #14
axe0

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Windows has some protection mechanisms to prevent users from trying to modify the core of Windows in malicious ways, although the files/folders are party read-only you could see it as a way to protect the files/folders (not sure if it actually is one).

Also, every personal system has at least 2 accounts, administrator (the user itself) and another administrator (admin account that is used by the system). As administrator you have the right to modify Windows in many ways, but it is limited. Some things you cannot modify, in those cases you are blocked by the admin account that the system operates (solely for the protection of the OS).
In other cases, the system needs you to be sure what you're doing before you continue, in those situations the files that you try to access aren't as critical (like with the dumps).

I stand to be corrected on the admin account controlled by the system, but AFAIK this is a bit of how it works and why you can access some parts in the Windows directory and some not.
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09 Mar 2017   #15
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

The 'Read-only' attribute cannot be applied to folders - only to files.
This is why when you look at the properties of a folder, you'll ALWAYS see the attribute with a blob in it in the GUI.
There's nothing wrong with it at all.
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13 Mar 2017   #16
Brucex64

Windows 7 Pro SP1
 
 

hmmmmmm. Ok, I'd look at the attributes/permissions of the actual files in that minidump folder but there are none.
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16 Mar 2017   #17
Brucex64

Windows 7 Pro SP1
 
 

Is it possible to assign a different location for the minidump folder other than c:/windows? Maybe I could put it on a different drive and see if the permissions are not letting it write dump files.
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17 Mar 2017   #18
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You can play around with MS SysInternals ProcDump for creating a dump file.
ProcDump
Maybe ProcDump can help you figure out why you aren't getting dump files.

I manually created a dump file and it was created in a different folder than my default.
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