MS-DOS and Windows command line dumpchk command

Updated: 01/31/2019 by Computer Hope
dumpchk command

The dumpchk command allows users to view the Windows minidump files created when Windows stops unexpectedly.

Availability

Dumpchk is an external command that is available for the following Microsoft operating systems as dumpchk.exe.

This command is available for Windows XP, however, it requires that the Windows XP Support Tools are installed on 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, it is no longer include with Windows. If you need 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

  • See our dump definition for further information and related links on this term.