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When my Windows 7 machine crashes, I can't find any information in the event logs that can help me track down the problem. Is there a setting I can turn on to log more information so I can capture the last action taken before the OS crashes?

I'm more interested in how to troubleshot these problems in general, rather than a specific solution to my current problem. Thanks.

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More details on "crashes" please. What exactly happens? –  Moab Jan 31 '12 at 17:10
    
The desktop crashes when I resume from sleep. Using the BSOD tool, it is a INTERNAL_POWER_ERROR bug where param1=0x9. But really I'm looking for the tools & steps to track down hardware failures and OS crashes. –  projectshave Jan 31 '12 at 21:54
    
You are going to need to learn how to use windbg...sevenforums.com/crash-lockup-debug-how/… –  Moab Feb 1 '12 at 2:36

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NirSoft provides two nifty tools to assess what went wrong with your machine
BlueScreenView to view BSOD dump files and
AppCrashViewto view Application crash information

Or you could analyse the dump yourselfv
They live at %SYSTEMROOT%\Minidump using WinDbg or any other Debugging tool

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