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Windows 7: WinDbg unable to open minidump file

04 Feb 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
WinDbg unable to open minidump file


First post. I'm trying to find info on my many BSOD lately on my PC Win7 x64. I tried using Verify without luck, so now I have downloaded the Windows Kit WinDbg and set it up OK (it worked on a test file). However when I run it on my minidump I am told I don't have permission. I am am already logged in as the System Administrator, checking the properties on the minidump shows I should have the proper authority.

Can anyone suggest what to do next?

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04 Feb 2015   #2

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Perhaps this thread will help
You don't have permission to open this file!
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05 Feb 2015   #3
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Windows 7 Ult. x64

Try copying the .dmp file out of C:\Windows\Minidump to another folder created on C:, then opening it with WinDBG.
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06 Feb 2015   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

Actually I do have permission, I ran WinDbg as Administrator but it still complained.
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06 Feb 2015   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

Now this was more promising, I was able to open a minidump file I copied to my desktop. I had to set the file type to all files first before it could see the minidump, then it opened it in a separate window in WinDbg. I have WinDbg associated with the minidump as I can double click on the minidump on my desktop and it opens, again as a separate window within the WinDbg window. I have the symbols set up according to the link in the first reply I got. I assume somehow it should open in the WinDbg and not a separate window within WinDbg, or at least the file is in a window placed over the WinDbg window - nice a squarely lined up so the top of the new window is just under the WinDbg toolbar. Also, when opening from WInDbg it defaults to a file type that doesn't recognize the minidump, the only way I can get it to recognize the minidump is to set the file type to 'All Types'. I am a complete rookie when it comes to debugging and this is my first ever attempt to find and fix my multiple BSOD's. Thanks
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