Windows Hardware Error Architecture
Updated: May 25, 2006
File name: whea_overview.doc
About This Download
The Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA), introduced with Windows Vista, extends the hardware error reporting mechanisms of previous versions of Windows and brings the mechanisms together as components of a coherent hardware error infrastructure. WHEA takes advantage of the additional hardware error information available in today's hardware devices and integrates much more closely with the system firmware.
As a result, WHEA provides the following benefits:
This paper provides information to help system designers understand basic issues about hardware errors, the firmware/operating system relationship, and information about error handling and the WHEA architecture components.
This information applies for the following operating systems:
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