WhoCrashed

WhoCrashed

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  • Options
  • Dump Files
  • Main Window
  • About Window
  • Crash Dump Test
  • Main Options
  • Drivers List
  • Dump Files
  • Main Window

Editorial review

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Margie Smeer Senior editor

Though computer crashes are very annoying as they involve restarting the computer, many users choose to ignore them or to postpone taking any measure to solve them. That’s a pretty bad idea, as computer crashes can also announce the imminent upcoming of a much more disastrous, complete system failure.
WhoCrashed lets you analyze the created “dump” files when the system crashes and find out the cause.

Most of the times the system crashes happen due to malfunction of device drivers and kernel modules. WhoCrashed lets you identify which drivers or kernel modules are the reason for the reboot. You can use this information to eliminate the cause of the crash by updating the drivers, reinstalling applications, uninstalling drivers or apps, and performing various other fixing operations.

As you’ve probably already guessed, this tool is not for beginners. Though it comes with a simple, self-explanatory interface, at least some basic knowledge about drivers and how a system works is still required. I like that once it scans the “dump” files, it offers various links to pages that contain handy additional information.

In conclusion, WhoCrashed is a useful and reliable tool that makes using the system “dump” files and identifying the causes of system crashes a really easy task. Furthermore, its “Home Edition” can be used for free.

Pros

  • Straightforward interface.
  • Offers links and suggestions on how to solve the cause of a crash.
  • Can perform a Crash Dump Test.

Cons

  • The Home edition comes with a lot of limitations, including the fact that it cannot perform crash dump analysis on remote computers on the network.
This software was checked for viruses and was found to be clean. Click here to see antivirus report.
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What's new in version 5.0

Support for Windows 8.1
- WhoCrashed now supports Windows 8.1. Previous versions would not run on this Windows version, throwing an error message.
Option added: Stop Windows from deleting memory dump files
- It allows you to control a registry value which stops Windows from deleting memory dump files in case disk space is low.
Remote connections with different user and credentials
- WhoCrashed now offers the option to supply a separate username and password when connecting to a remote machine for analysis. In previous editions, the user running WhoCrashed was expected to have administrator privileges on the remote machine. Now there is an option to supply different credentials in case the user running WhoCrashed does not have sufficient access rights to the remote machine.
Hardware information displayed in report
- Hardware information including the system manufacturer and system board name is included in the report that WhoCrashed generates.
- Bug fixed: wrong information was displayed
- Wrong information was displayed in case no third party offending driver was found. This has been fixed.

Minor fixes and corrections

Minor fixes, corrections and updates have been applied to the software.

What's new in version 4.0

The following changes were made to WhoCrashed 4.01 since version 4.00.

Faster symbol resolution
The professional edition of WhoCrashed now does faster symbol resolution which results in faster analysis.

Improved crash dump test
WhoCrashed now adds text to the report with explains the meaning of bug checks that were generated because of the crash dump test tool.

What's new in version 3.0

In rare cases, WhoCrashed failed to properly detect the current crash dump directory resulting in no crash dumps found. This has been fixed.
On systems with more than 4GB RAM installed, WhoCrashed failed to properly report the amount of installed RAM and available virtual memory. This has been fixed.
WhoCrashed no longer needs to download and install the WinDbg debugger package from Microsoft. Only if you are still running Windows XP or Windows 2000 this is still required. For all later operating system versions (Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc) it will run without requiring you to download and install additional software packages. This saves installation time.
Analysis reports now displays additional information including amount of up time, operating system versions and system information such as number of active processors at the time of the crash. Conclusions will now also include the likely nature of a problem (faulty hardware, a thermal issue, typical software problem, typical case of memory corruption, etc.)
WhoCrashed now comes with better documentation. Depending on any particular situation, it will assist you in undertaking steps to troubleshoot existing problems right from the conclusion section in the analysis report
WhoCrashed now recognize less common, obscure, proprietary and rare bug checks.
The new version of WhoCrashed offers optional and configurable symbol resolution. It can extract symbols from a local symbol store or from the Microsoft symbol server automatically. This will allow for more informational call stacks and accurate crash dump analysis conclusions.
The new version offers kernel call stack information which includes names of kernel modules and function names for Microsoft modules if symbol resolution has been switched on.
The new version offers kernel call stack information which includes names of kernel modules function names for Microsoft modules if symbol resolution has been switched on.
More detailed crash dump information.
 

Publisher's description

This program checks for drivers which have been crashing your computer. If your computer has displayed a blue screen of death, suddenly rebooted or shut down then this program will help you find the root cause and possibly a solution.

Whenever a computer suddenly reboots without displaying any notice or blue screen of death, the first thing that is often thought about is a hardware failure. In reality, on Windows most crashes are caused by malfunctioning device drivers and kernel modules. In case of a kernel error, many computers do not show a blue screen unless they are configured for this. Instead these systems suddenly reboot without any notice.

This program will analyze your crash dumps with the single click of a button. It will tell you what drivers are likely to be responsible for crashing your computer. It will report a conclusion which offers suggestions on how to proceed in any situation while the analysis report will display Internet links which will help you further troubleshoot any detected problems.

Latest comments

 
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    Gary Kohls 6 months ago

    Very impressed - allowed me to understand crashes were being caused by Norton Internet Security. These crashes had invalidated by system drive which was mirrored under Intel's Rapid Storage Technology and it did not react well to Windows crashes. Removed NIS and reinstalled. Problem fixed. Saved me days of work reinstalling Windows and all my applications.

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    MultiWebSearch 6 years ago

    This little app. tells you witch drivers or programs that may have crashed or restarted your pc.


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