Using Crash Troubleshooting Tools

The crash generated in the preceding section with Notmyfault's High IRQL Fault (Kernel-mode) option poses no challenge for the debugger's automated analysis. Unfortunately, most crashes are not so easy and often are impossible to debug. There are several levels of increasing severity in terms of system performance degradation that might help make a system that's producing crashes that cannot be analyzed into ones that can be. If the crashes generated after you configure a level and reboot aren't revealing the cause, try the next level.

  1. If there are one or more drivers you consider likely sources of the crashes—because they were introduced into the system relatively recently, they were recently updated, or the circumstances ...

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