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Add Windbg (kd>) Commands to Program Default for Dump Files


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Feb 19, 2012
New Jersey Shore
Most of us have Windbg set up as the default program for dump files - Register Windbg for dump files (File Associations)

Did you know that you can also add kd commands to run by default as well?

Simply setting up Windbg as the default program leaves Windbg at this point after double-clicking on a dump file -- waiting for you to enter additional commands at the kd> line such as !analyze -v -
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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.
BugCheck 50, {fffff80011b0e74d, 8, fffff80011b0e74d, 2}
Could not read faulting driver name
Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+43346 )
Followup: MachineOwner
I changed my default set up to include these commands -
!analyze -v;r;kv;lmtn;lmtsmn;.bugcheck
So, when I double-click on a dump file, all of the basic commands that I like to run do so without me having to enter them at the kd> command line.

Try it out!

Back up your registry first (I opted to create a system restore point).

Maneuver to this registry key and add your default Windbg commands -

The (Default) should look something like this (by default):
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Debuggers\x64\windbg.exe" -z "%1"
I added the kd commands that I mentioned above:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Debuggers\x64\windbg.exe" -z "%1" -c "!analyze -v;r;kv;lmtn;lmtsmn;.bugcheck"
Double-clicking on a dump file now runs all of the commands in RED by default.

Please note that I made these changes yesterday for the first time, so it is far from 100% tested.

Regards. . .



BSOD Kernel Dump Analyst
Jul 7, 2017
Cambridge, UK
If anyone has started to use the new WinDbg Preview which is now available from the Windows Store in W10 you might be interested to know you can still add these same commands to run automatically after double-clicking on the dump file.

Back up your registry first or create a system restore point.

Manoeuvre to this registry key and add your default Windbg commands to the parameters string value, adding them after the -z "%1" as previously done

A quick way to find the key is to use Find and search for WinDbg Preview, it will be the first one found from the top of the registry entries.

There is a clue in the name, this new version is a Preview and is being actively worked on and improved. Use the Feedback function to request any new features. I have to say that I like the more modern interface, basically it hasn't changed what I do but there appear to be some new features and my guess is this version will be updated at a faster pace than the old WinDbg.