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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB2570946

Memory dump file is not generated in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008 if the system drive is not larger than 4 times the amount of RAM

Consider the following scenario:

  • You enable the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives option on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.
  • The system drive size is not larger than 4 times the amount of installed random access memory (RAM).
  • You configure the operating system to generate a complete memory dump file or a kernel memory dump file when a Stop error is encountered.
  • A Stop error is encountered.

In this scenario, the memory dump file is not generated.

Note: If you add the IgnorePagefileSize registry entry in order to generate the memory dump file when a Stop error is encountered, the memory dump file is generated. However, the memory dump file might be truncated because of the paging file size.

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB2570946.

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