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Windows XP and .NET crash - where are detailed error logs?

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I have a .NET 3.5 SP1 app crashing on an XP machine - it generates the "Send error information to MS" window.

Can you tell me where to find the detailed error logs so I can forward to the developer?

Thanks much,

Tim
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by:johnb6767
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%temp% folder is usuall;y where you will see a file named *.dmp

Just sort by date, and it should be easy enough to find.....

When you get the error above though, go to the Task Manager (before ackowledging the error message), and kill dwwin.exe. The error dialogue will exit, but the dmp files should remain.....
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by:tfcallahan
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Will the .DMP files be lost if the dwwin.exe is not cancelled?

I couldn't find any recent .DMP files in teh %temp% folder...
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Jonvee earned 350 total points
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The dump(s) can also be located in:
%systemroot%\minidump\

You may have to enable “Show all files and folders" in
Control Panel > Folder Options > View.

If you still see no minidump checkout this>
Enable Minidump's in Windows XP:
http://www.cakewalk.com/Support/ProblemReporter/minidump.asp

Alternatives to forwarding the dumps to the developer of course is to copy/paste them to us(click "File"), or analyse them yourself>
"How to read the small memory dump files that Windows creates for debugging":
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315263

You can download windbg from this microsoft website.
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/default.mspx

A good article here>
"Windows system crashes":
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2005/041105-windows-crash.html
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The dump files are usually in a subfolder (thats why I suggested sorting by date, to find easy). Usually the dwwin.exe clears them out in my experience, along with the appcompat.txt when that message is acknowledged.....
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by:tfcallahan
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Thanks both.
Hope the point split is ok.
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You're welcome ...thank you.
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