How Can I Read a DMP File?

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How Can I Read a DMP File?
Your computer creates a .DMP file to help you, but you may not be able to open it. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Windows creates .DMP files after a program has crashed, or after the operating system itself crashes. These .DMP files contain information that you can use to find out what caused the program or the system to crash. However, depending on your Windows installation, it may not be clear exactly which program you require to open and read these generated files. No third-party software is required to read them, as Microsoft provides proprietary debugging tools you can use to analyse .DMP files.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Download and install the Windows "Debug Tools." (See Resource)

  2. 2

    Click "Start." Click "All Programs." Click "Debugging Tools for Windows." Click "WinDbg." This opens the Windows Debug Utility in its own window.

  3. 3

    Click "File." Click "Open Crash Dump."

  4. 4

    Navigate to the .DMP file you wish to read. Select that file. Click "Open." The utility opens the .DMP file for you to read.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a command line interface rather than a graphical interface for the debug utility if that is your preference. (See Resource)

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