Your question is slightly unclear -- do you want to make it generate the dump when it crashes, or do you want to generate a dump when it isn't crashing and try to diagnose it from that? If the latter, that's probably not a particularly good way of going about it.
Enabling crash dumps
You can enable crash dumps by going to
My Computer >
Startup and Recovery >
and then select either a minidump or a kernel memory dump under
Write debugging information. This should write a minidump when a crash is caught.
Initiating a manual crash
If you're asking how to crash manually and get a minidump written, you can do the following:
Locate the following key if you have a USB keyboard:
Or the following key if you have a PS/2 keyboard:
In the Edit menu, click Add Value and add the following registry entry:
- Data Type:
Exit the registry editor, then reboot.
Crashing the (hung) system
After the reboot, you can trigger a crash by pressing the SCROLL keyboard key twice while you hold the right CTRL key, as long as you have Windows set to write a dump when doing this, it will write it to
The hotkey in short form is CTRL+SCR LK+SCR LK.