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Does Windows XP write crash logs for applications like Mac OS does? Where can I find those logs?

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From the Microsoft support article: How to view and manage event logs in Event Viewer in Windows XP

In Windows XP, an event is any significant occurrence in the system or in a program that requires users to be notified, or an entry added to a log. The Event Log Service records application, security, and system events in Event Viewer. With the event logs in Event Viewer, you can obtain information about your hardware, software, and system components, and monitor security events on a local or remote computer. Event logs can help you identify and diagnose the source of current system problems, or help you predict potential system problems.

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Windows can also be configured to write a memory dump on a blue screen crash too. There's also tools for getting dumps of user mode programs crashing too.

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On Windows XP, you can control if crashes are logged, and where (in a dump file, or in the Event Log). This and more can be configured in the registry.

See http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/win_xp_logfiles.htm for the details.

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