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Installing Symbols for Debugging System Call Crashes

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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 symbol server at http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols or from a local symbols server that is set up on your intranet.

    (http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols is for symbol download only. It is not browseable.)

    For more information, see How to: Use a Symbol Server.

  • The third-party vendor might make the symbols available.

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