Installing Symbols for Debugging System Call Crashes
This topic applies to:
Pro, Premium, and Ultimate
To debug a crash that occurs during a call to a system DLL or to a third-party library, you will often need system .dbg or .pdb files, which contain symbols for Windows DLLs, EXEs, and device drivers. You can obtain these symbols from several places:
The Visual Studio CD-ROM contains symbol files for selected versions of Windows.
The OS Support Tools CD-ROM contains symbol files for Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
You can download the latest symbols for your version of Windows from http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/DevTools/Debugging/symbolpkg.mspx.
You can download symbols automatically from the Microsoft public symbol servers. For more information, see How to: Use a Symbol Server.
The third-party vendor might make the symbols available.