Choosing the Best Tool

There are severa; different tools that can create user-mode dump files. In most cases, ADPlus is the best tool to use.

The following table shows the features of each tool.

Feature ADPlus Windows Error Reporting CDB and WinDbg UserDump

Creating a dump file when an application crashes (postmortem debugging)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Creating a dump file when an application "hangs" (stops responding but does not actually crash)

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Creating a dump file when an application encounters an exception

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Creating a dump file while an application is running normally

No

No

Yes

No

Creating a dump file from an application that fails during startup

No

No

Yes

Yes

Shrinking an existing dump file

No

No

Yes

No

 

 

 

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