BlueScreenView v1.52
Copyright (c) 2009 - 2013 Nir Sofer

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Description

BlueScreenView scans all your minidump files created during 'blue screen of death' crashes, and displays the information about all crashes in one table. For each crash, BlueScreenView displays the minidump filename, the date/time of the crash, the basic crash information displayed in the blue screen (Bug Check Code and 4 parameters), and the details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash (filename, product name, file description, and file version).
For each crash displayed in the upper pane, you can view the details of the device drivers loaded during the crash in the lower pane. BlueScreenView also mark the drivers that their addresses found in the crash stack, so you can easily locate the suspected drivers that possibly caused the crash.

Download links are on the bottom of this page

Versions History

  • Version 1.52:
    • Added 'Google Search - Bug Check' and 'Google Search - Bug Check + Parameter 1' options.
  • Version 1.51:
    • Added automatic secondary sorting ('Crash Time' column).
    • Added 64-bit build.
  • Version 1.50:
    • The 'Crash Time' now displays more accurate date/time of the crash. In previous versions, the value of 'Crash Time' column was taken from the date/time of dump file, which actually represents that time that Windows loaded again, after the crash. The actual crash time is stored inside the dump file , and now the 'Crash Time' displays this value.
    • Added 'Dump File Time' column, which displays the modified time of the dump file.
  • Version 1.47:
    • Added 'Auto Size Columns+Headers' option, which allows you to automatically resize the columns according to the row values and column headers.
  • Version 1.46:
    • Fixed issue: The properties and the 'Advanced Options' windows opened in the wrong monitor, on multi-monitors system.
  • Version 1.45:
    • You can now choose to open only a specific dump file - from the user interface or from command-line.
    • You can now also specify the MiniDump folder or MiniDump file as a single parameter, and BlueScreenView will be opened with the right dump file/folder, for example: BlueScreenView.exe C:\windows\minidump\Mini011209-01.dmp
  • Version 1.40:
    • Added 'Raw Data' mode on the lower pane, which displays the processor registers and memory hex dump.
  • Version 1.35:
    • Added 'Crash Address' column.
    • Added 3 columns that display that last 3 calls found in the stack (Only for 32-bit crashes)
  • Version 1.32:
    • Added 'Mark Odd/Even Rows' option, under the View menu. When it's turned on, the odd and even rows are displayed in different color, to make it easier to read a single line.
  • Version 1.31:
    • Added 'Google Search - Bug Check+Driver' for searching in Google the driver name and bug check code of the selected blue screen.
  • Version 1.30:
    • Added 'Dump File Size' column.
  • Version 1.29:
    • You can now send the list of blue screen crashes to stdout by specifying an empty filename ("") in the command-line of all save parameters.
      For example: bluescreenview.exe /stab "" > c:\temp\blue_screens.txt
  • Version 1.28:
    • Added 'Add Header Line To CSV/Tab-Delimited File' option. When this option is turned on, the column names are added as the first line when you export to csv or tab-delimited file.
  • Version 1.27:
    • Fixed issue: removed the wrong encoding from the xml string, which caused problems to some xml viewers.
  • Version 1.26:
    • Fixed 'DumpChk' mode to work properly when DumpChk processing takes more than a few seconds.
  • Version 1.25:
    • Added 'DumpChk' mode, which displays the output of Microsoft DumpChk utility (DumpChk.exe). You can set the right path and parameters of DumpChk in 'Advanced Options' window. By default, BlueScreenView tries to run DumpChk from '%programfiles%\Debugging Tools for Windows'
    • The default MiniDump folder is now taken from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl
  • Version 1.20:
    • Added 3 new columns in the upper pane: Processors Count, Major Version, Minor Version.
    • Added 'Explorer Copy' option, which allows you to copy dump files to the clipboard and then paste them into Explorer window.
  • Version 1.15:
    • Added option to view the blue screen list of multiple computers on your network. The computer names are specified in a simple text file. (See below).
    • Added Combo-Box to easily choose the MiniDump folders available in the hard-disks currently attached to your computer.
    • Added 'Computer Name' and 'Full Path' columns.
  • Version 1.11:
    • Added /sort command-line option.
  • Version 1.10:
    • Added accelerator keys for allowing you to toggle between modes more easily.
    • Added command-line options for saving the crash dumps list to text/csv/html/xml file.
    • Added command-line option for opening BlueScreenView with the desired MiniDump folder.
    • Fixed focus problems when opening the 'Advanced Options' window.
    • Added 'default' button to the 'Advanced Options' window.
    • Added 'processor' column - 32-bit or x64.
  • Version 1.05 - Added support for x64 MiniDump files.
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

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BlueScreenView Features

  • Automatically scans your current minidump folder and displays the list of all crash dumps, including crash dump date/time and crash details.
  • Allows you to view a blue screen which is very similar to the one that Windows displayed during the crash.
  • BlueScreenView enumerates the memory addresses inside the stack of the crash, and find all drivers/modules that might be involved in the crash.
  • BlueScreenView also allows you to work with another instance of Windows, simply by choosing the right minidump folder (In Advanced Options).
  • BlueScreenView automatically locate the drivers appeared in the crash dump, and extract their version resource information, including product name, file version, company, and file description.

System Requirements

  • BlueScreenView works with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8, as long as Windows is configured to save minidump files during BSOD crashes. If your system doesn't create MiniDump files on a blue screen crash, try to configure it according to the following article: How to configure Windows to create MiniDump files on BSOD
  • BlueScreenView can read the MiniDump files of both 32-bit and x64 systems.

Using BlueScreenView

BlueScreenView doesn't require any installation process or additional dll files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - BlueScreenView.exe
After running BlueScreenView, it automatically scans your MiniDump folder and display all crash details in the upper pane.

Crashes Information Columns (Upper Pane)

  • Dump File: The MiniDump filename that stores the crash data.
  • Crash Time: The created time of the MiniDump filename, which also matches to the date/time that the crash occurred.
  • Bug Check String: The crash error string. This error string is determined according to the Bug Check Code, and it's also displayed in the blue screen window of Windows.
  • Bug Check Code: The bug check code, as displayed in the blue screen window.
  • Parameter 1/2/3/4: The 4 crash parameters that are also displayed in the blue screen of death.
  • Caused By Driver: The driver that probably caused this crash. BlueScreenView tries to locate the right driver or module that caused the blue screen by looking inside the crash stack. However, be aware that the driver detection mechanism is not 100% accurate, and you should also look in the lower pane, that display all drivers/modules found in the stack. These drivers/modules are marked in pink color.
  • Caused By Address: Similar to 'Caused By Driver' column, but also display the relative address of the crash.
  • File Description: The file description of the driver that probably caused this crash. This information is loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • Product Name: The product name of the driver that probably caused this crash. This information is loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • Company: The company name of the driver that probably caused this crash. This information is loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • File Version: The file version of the driver that probably caused this crash. This information is loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • Crash Address:The memory address that the crash occurred. (The address in the EIP/RIP processor register) In some crashes, this value might be identical to 'Caused By Address' value, while in others, the crash address is different from the driver that caused the crash.
  • Stack Address 1 - 3: The last 3 addresses found in the call stack. Be aware that in some crashes, these values will be empty. Also, the stack addresses list is currently not supported for 64-bit crashes.

Drivers Information Columns (Lower Pane)

  • Filename: The driver/module filename
  • Address In Stack: The memory address of this driver that was found in the stack.
  • From Address: First memory address of this driver.
  • To Address: Last memory address of this driver.
  • Size: Driver size in memory.
  • Time Stamp: Time stamp of this driver.
  • Time String: Time stamp of this driver, displayed in date/time format.
  • Product Name: Product name of this driver, loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • File Description: File description of this driver, loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • File Version: File version of this driver, loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • Company: Company name of this driver, loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • Full Path: Full path of the driver filename.

Lower Pane Modes

Currently, the lower pane has 4 different display modes. You can change the display mode of the lower pane from Options->Lower Pane Mode menu.
  1. All Drivers: Displays all the drivers that were loaded during the crash that you selected in the upper pane. The drivers/module that their memory addresses found in the stack, are marked in pink color.
  2. Only Drivers Found In Stack: Displays only the modules/drivers that their memory addresses found in the stack of the crash. There is very high chance that one of the drivers in this list is the one that caused the crash.
  3. Blue Screen in XP Style: Displays a blue screen that looks very similar to the one that Windows displayed during the crash.
  4. DumpChk Output: Displays the output of Microsoft DumpChk utility. This mode only works when Microsoft DumpChk is installed on your computer and BlueScreenView is configured to run it from the right folder (In the Advanced Options window).
    You can get DumpChk from the installation CD/DVD of Windows or with the installtion of Debugging Tools for Windows.

Crashes of Remote Network Computer

If you have multiple computers on your network and you have full administrator access to them (e.g: you have access to \\ComputerName\c$), you can also view the crashes of the other computers on your network remotely. In order to do that, simply go to 'Advanced Options' (Ctrl+O) and type the MiniDump folder of the remote computer, for example: \\MyComp\c$\Windows\MiniDump.

Notice: If you fail to get full administrator access to the remote computer, you should read the instructions in the following Blog post: How to connect a remote Windows 7/Vista/XP computer with NirSoft utilities.

Watching the crashes of multiple computers on your network

If you have a network with multiple computers, and you have full admin access to these computers, you can view the blue screens list of all these computers in one table, and easily detect computers with recurring BSOD problems.

In order to use this feature, prepare a list of all computer names/IP addresses that you want to inspect, and save it to a simple text file. The computer names in the list can be delimited by comma, semicolon, tab character, or Enter (CRLF).
Example for computer names list:

comp01
comp02
192.168.0.1
192.168.0.2
192.168.0.4
After you have a text file contains the computers list, you can go to Advanced Options window (Ctrl+O), choose the second option and type the computers list filename.

Command-Line Options

/LoadFrom <Source> Specifies the source to load from.
1 -> Load from a single MiniDump folder (/MiniDumpFolder parameter)
2 -> Load from all computers specified in the computer list file. (/ComputersFile parameter)
3 -> Load from a single MiniDump file (/SingleDumpFile parameter)
/MiniDumpFolder <Folder> Start BlueScreenView with the specified MiniDump folder.
/SingleDumpFile <Filename> Start BlueScreenView with the specified MiniDump file. (For using with /LoadFrom 3)
/ComputersFile <Filename> Specifies the computers list filename. (When LoadFrom = 2)
/LowerPaneMode <1 - 3> Start BlueScreenView with the specified mode. 1 = All Drivers, 2 = Only Drivers Found In Stack, 3 = Blue Screen in XP Style.
/stext <Filename> Save the list of blue screen crashes into a regular text file.
/stab <Filename> Save the list of blue screen crashes into a tab-delimited text file.
/scomma <Filename> Save the list of blue screen crashes into a comma-delimited text file (csv).
/stabular <Filename> Save the list of blue screen crashes into a tabular text file.
/shtml <Filename> Save the list of blue screen crashes into HTML file (Horizontal).
/sverhtml <Filename> Save the list of blue screen crashes into HTML file (Vertical).
/sxml <Filename> Save the list of blue screen crashes into XML file.
/sort <column> This command-line option can be used with other save options for sorting by the desired column. If you don't specify this option, the list is sorted according to the last sort that you made from the user interface. The <column> parameter can specify the column index (0 for the first column, 1 for the second column, and so on) or the name of the column, like "Bug Check Code" and "Crash Time". You can specify the '~' prefix character (e.g: "~Crash Time") if you want to sort in descending order. You can put multiple /sort in the command-line if you want to sort by multiple columns.

Examples:
BlueScreenView.exe /shtml "f:\temp\crashes.html" /sort 2 /sort ~1
BlueScreenView.exe /shtml "f:\temp\crashes.html" /sort "Bug Check String" /sort "~Crash Time"

/nosort When you specify this command-line option, the list will be saved without any sorting.

Translating BlueScreenView to other languages

In order to translate BlueScreenView to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run BlueScreenView with /savelangfile parameter:
    BlueScreenView.exe /savelangfile
    A file named BlueScreenView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of BlueScreenView utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run BlueScreenView, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run BlueScreenView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.

License

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !

Disclaimer

The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.

Feedback

If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com

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BlueScreenView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of BlueScreenView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'bluescreenview_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed BlueScreenView utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
Arabic Fcmam5 23/02/20131.47
Brazilian Portuguesejlaf2010 14/04/20101.00
CzechLubomr Hajda 07/10/20111.40
Danish Gustav Brock 15/01/20111.30
DutchJan Verheijen 19/07/20131.52
Farsi Hamed Babaei ( ) 18/03/20141.52
FinnishJ.Rintee 19/01/20111.30
FrenchaMadEUs 04/02/20121.45
French Eric FICHOT 27/07/20131.52
German Latino auf WinTotal.de 11/03/20141.52
Greek geogeo.gr 05/06/20131.50
Hungarian Kiss Dnes Lszl 24/10/20131.46
Italian Fabio Milocco 03/07/20111.35
ItalianDaniele Cultrera & bovirus 01/04/20141.52
Japanese iLEցEj 17/07/20131.52
KoreanJ. K. Lee(Wave) 21/07/20131.52
Latvian Nizaury 15/01/20121.45
PolishWojciech Sabaj 25/06/20121.45
PolishTomasz Janiszewski 04/08/20091.00
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae) 18/07/20131.52
RussianPosunko Dmitriy && Dm.Yerokhin 17/07/20131.52
Simplified ChineseCuiPlaY 14/03/20131.47
Simplified Chinese EaiLFly 28/01/20121.45
Simplified ChineseEdison Chen 27/05/20141.52
SlovakFero Fico 22/07/20131.52
Slovenian Darko Kenda 22/01/20141.52
SpanishGarduq, Sergi Medina 24/10/20101.11
SwedishBernt Janhger 06/08/20121.45
SwedishTommy Kellerman 29/03/20111.32
Traditional Chinese o King 04/08/20091.00
Traditional Chinese (GqE) 08/10/20131.52
Turkish Saner Apaydin 16/03/20101.20
TurkishHARUN ARI 16/09/20111.40
UkrainianYurii Petrashko (aka YuriPet) 28/05/20111.35
Ukrainianvmsoft77 20/11/20131.52
Valencian vjatv 25/08/20091.05