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    Driver Verifier - BSOD related - Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 & Vista

    DRIVER VERIFIER


    If your BSODs are software related, Driver Verifier can help by subjecting 3rd party drivers to a variety of stresses and tests to find improper behavior. Driver Verifier monitors kernel-mode drivers and graphics drivers to detect illegal function calls or actions that might corrupt the system.

    If Driver Verifier detects a violation, it will flag (disable) the offending driver and force a BSOD. The additional info added to the memory dump file will hopefully yield clues.

    1. Create a Windows System Restore Point -
    Vista - START | type rstrui - create a restore point
    Windows 10 & 7 - START | type create | select "Create a Restore Point"
    Windows 8/ 8.1 - http://www.sysnative.com/forums/wind...s-8-1-8-a.html


    2. Run Driver Verifier -
    - Windows 10, 7 & Vista - START | type verifier
    - Windows 8.1 & 8 - Press WIN +X keys | select "Command Prompt (Admin)" | type verifier

    Make these selections -

    1. Select 2nd option - Create custom settings (for code developers)
    2. Select 2nd option - Select individual settings from a full list
    3. Check these boxes -

    ▪ Special Pool
    ▪ Force IRQL checking
    ▪ Pool Tracking
    ▪ Deadlock Detection
    ▪ Security Checks (new as of Windows 7)
    ▪ Miscellaneous Checks
    ▪ Power framework delay fuzzing (new as of Windows 8)
    ▪ DDI compliance checking (new as of Windows 8)

    4. Select last option - Select driver names from a list
    5. Click on the Provider heading - sorts list by Provider
    6. Check ALL boxes where "Microsoft" IS NOT the Provider
    7. Click on Finish
    8. Re-boot



    If you are unable to boot into normal Windows after VERIFIER_ENABLED BSOD -
    Read More:


    To check Driver Verifier status -
    Read More:


    To VERIFY Driver Verifier SETTINGS -
    Read More:


    - Driver Verifier needs to run for 24 hours minimum - even if the status screen appears clear.

    If a VERIFIER_ENABLED BSOD occurs, please get the dump file from c:\windows\minidump, zip it up & attach to your next post.

    Additional info from Windows Dev Center -


    If you have any questions, please send me a PM.

    Regards. . .

    jcgriff2

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    Info for Windows Server (This Microsoft KB cites Server 2003/XP, but does likely apply to newer Server Editions) -
    Things to consider before you enable Driver Verifier Manager on production servers



    - Overview of memory dump file options for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2
    - Windows Troubleshooting ? Special Pool - Ntdebugging Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
    Last edited by jcgriff2; 11-22-2014 at 07:30 AM. Reason: Added Windows 8 & 8.1 system restore creation point info
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    BSOD Posting Instructions - Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 & Vista ` ` `Carrona Driver Reference Table (DRT)
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    Sysnative Hex-Decimal-UNIX Date Conversion

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    Re: Driver Verifier

    Win8 added 2 new settings in Driver Verifier:

    - Concurrentcy Stress Test
    - DDI compliance checking

    Info on them here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...=vs.85%29.aspx
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    Re: Driver Verifier

    Thanks, John... changes made.

    BSOD Posting Instructions - Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 & Vista ` ` `Carrona Driver Reference Table (DRT)
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    Sysnative Hex-Decimal-UNIX Date Conversion

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