Download Windows Symbol Packages
The easiest way to get Windows symbols is to use the Microsoft Symbol Server. The symbol server makes symbols available to your debugging tools as needed. After a symbol file is downloaded from the symbol server it is cached on the local computer for quick access.
If you prefer to download the entire set of symbols for Windows 8.1 Preview, Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000, then you can download a symbol package and install it on your computer.
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Before downloading and installing each symbol package, you should have at least 1 GB of disk space free, because of the size of the download package and required temporary files:
- Each x86 symbol package may require 750 MB or more of hard disk space.
- Each Itanium symbol package may require 560 MB or more of disk space.
- Each x64 symbol package may require 640 MB or more.
- Symbol packages are non-cumulative unless otherwise noted, so if you are using an SP2 Windows release, you will need to install the symbols for the original RTM version and for SP1 before you install the symbols for SP2.
The symbol download packages are listed by processor type (x86, Itanium, and x64) and build type (retail and checked). Almost all customers require the symbols for the retail version. If you are debugging a special version of Windows with extra debugging information, then you should download the symbols for the checked version.
Windows XP and later and Windows Server 2003 and later do not require localized symbols in order to debug localized versions of the product. Each symbol download package for these versions of Windows works for debugging all localized versions.
Resources, Support, and Feedback
To learn more about using symbols and debugging, see Debugging Tools and Symbols: Getting Started.
For help with debugging issues, see About Debugging Tools for Windows.
For information on how to retrieve symbols for a machine that is not connected to the Internet, see Using a Manifest File with SymChk.
Feedback- We are interested in your feedback about symbols. Please mail suggestions or bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. Technical support is not available from this address, but your feedback will help us to plan future changes for symbols and will make them more useful to you in the future.