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How to enable complete memory dump

This article describes how to enable a complete memory dump on Windows-based workstations.

Enabling the complete memory dump

1. Open "This PC", right-click a blank space, and select the option "Properties" in the context menu.

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2. In the "System" window, click the option "Advanced system settings".

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3. In the "System properties" window, choose the tab "Advanced" and then click the "Settings..." button. 

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4. In the "Startup and Recovery" window, expand the drop-down menu and choose the option "Complete memory dump". Confirm the configuration by clicking the "OK" button. 

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5. If you are expecting this BSOD to happen on its own you can finish here and reboot the OS for these settings to take effect.

To make the BSOD happen manually, keep reading.

Setting up the keyboard shortcut to cause BSOD

6. Windows registry splits keyboards into 3 categories

  • USB keyboard
    • HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\kbdhid\Parameters
  • PS/2 keyboard
    • HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters
  • Hyper-V keyboard
    • HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\hyperkbd\Parameters

Identify which of these your keyboard belongs to - if you are not sure, you can set the registry value for all. 

7. Type "regedit" into the start menu and open the found application.

8. Access the registry key based on your keyboard. Right-click the blank space and choose the option "DWORD (32-bit) Value

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9. Rename the value to "CrashOnCtrlScroll", open it and set the "Value data" to "1".  Once done, confirm using the "OK" button.

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10. Reboot the OS in order for these settings to take place.

11. In order to cause BSOD, hold down the right ctrl key and press scroll lock twice.