Microsoft DOS dumpchk command

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

About dumpchk

Dumpchk allows users to view the Windows minidump files created by Windows stops unexpectedly.

Availability

The dumpchk command is an external command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems as dumpchk.exe.

Windows 2000
Windows 2003
Windows XP

This command is available for Windows XP, however, requires that the Windows XP Support Tools be installed in the computer. The Support Tools can be downloaded from Microsoft's website or if you have your Windows XP CD can be found in the Support\Tools directory.

Windows 2003 also supports this file but needs the Windows 2003 Support Tools to be installed.

Tip: If the Support Tools have been installed but this command is not working go into the C:\Program Files\Support Tools directory and run the command. If this works you can update your path to this directory so it works in the future.

Note: Although dumpchk was available in the Windows 7 beta, the official release of Windows Vista, Windows 7 and all future versions of Windows (e.g. Windows 8 and 10) no longer include this utility. If you need to debug utilities use WinDbg.

Dumpchk Syntax

Usage: DumpCheck [y <sympath>] <Dumpfile>

Windows XP Syntax

DUMPCHK [options] <CrashDumpFile>

-p Prints the header only (with no validation).
-v Specifies verbose mode.
-q Performs a quick test.

Windows 2000 Syntax

DUMPCHK [options] <CrashDumpFile>

-p Prints the header only (with no validation).
-v Specifies verbose mode.
-c Do dump validation.
-x Extra file validation. Takes several minutes.
-e Do dump exam.
-y <Path> Set the symbol search path for dump exam. If the symbol search path is empty, the CD-ROM is used for symbols.
-b <Path> Set the image search path for dump exam. If the symbol search path is empty, <SystemRoot>\system32 is used for symbols.
-k <File> Set the name of the kernel to File.
-h <File> Set the name of the hal to File.

Dumpchk examples

dumpchk

Display debug information.

Additional information

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