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  • Blog Post: BCDEdit and debug setup

    This blog is a short guide to provide some basic info regarding Boot Configuration Data Editor (BCDEdit), and present a collection of useful links where more detail is available. Boot Configuration Data (BCD) provides a store that is used to describe boot applications and their settings. These objects...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting and resolving memory leaks faster with UMDH and other debugging tools.

    "You probably can’t avoid tech support problems entirely, but by using tools that Microsoft’s Global Escalation Services support team uses, you can obtain detailed Windows system and application information that can shorten a support call or even avoid it. In this first What Would Microsoft Support Do...
  • Blog Post: Creating a GUI cheat sheet for commonly used WinDbg commands.

    There is an undocumented feature in WinDbg that may be useful for remembering WinDbg commands and essentially building a personalized GUI cheat-sheet of commonly commands. The syntax is ".cmdtree c:\debuggers\cmdtree.txt" where cmdtree.txt is a text file describing all of the commands. This was...
  • Blog Post: Associating WinDbg with .DMP files and other tips.

    During a discussion here about debugging in Windows we got onto the topic of extensions and tricks to speed things up and cut out extra steps. One super simple tip is to associate the .DMP memory dump files with WinDbg, this was previously posted by another Escalation Engineer who herself got it from...
  • Blog Post: BreakOnSysRq applies to USB (kbdhid) keyboards as well...

    If you happen to be debugging and hit the PrtScn / SysRq key on the debugee you may have noticed that this caused the debugger to break in. In certain situations this may not be the desired, thankfully it can be changed. This behavior and the modification is described in the following MSDN article, http...
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