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[Windows] WinCrashReport is a comprehensive program crash reporting tool

[1]We have all had programs crashing on us in Windows. Often times program crashes can be solved simply by restarting your computer or rerunning the crashed program. However, other times it may not be so simple: There may be a bug in the program that makes it keep crashing. In this case either you can stop using the program, do research to figure out how to fix it, and/or e-mail the developer hoping they will look into it. In order for you to complete the later two options you need to gather some technical information about the crash.

Sometimes reading the error code displayed by Windows is enough to troubleshoot. Often times, however, it is not. This is where WinCrashReport comes in.

WinCrashReport is a tool that serves as an alternative to Windows’ built-in crash report mechanism. It gathers data about crashed apps and displays them to you in a comprehensive report (either in text or HTML format). You can either a) look at the crash report to try to identify the problem yourself or b) export the crash report – either in full [“Save This Crash Report”] or a quick summary [“Export Selected Crashes”] – and share it with knowlegable techies or the developer.

[Note: WinCrashReport is not for the blue screen of death. It is for when programs crash, not Windows. See BlueScreenView [2] for a tool on reporting/analyzing the blue screen of death.]

Here is a list of information that WinCrashReport provides in its crash reports:

Looking at the above list, obviously most of us – myself included – will have no idea what the information in crash reports mean. However, the developer and people that can help us troubleshoot and/or fix the issue most likely will.

That said, there is two limitations of WinCrashView:

Also note on Windows Vista and above you should run WinCrashView with administrator rights in order to be able to inspect all crashed applications.

You can grab WinCrashView from the links below. Like all NirSoft apps, it is portable, requiring no installation:

Version reviewed: v1.05

Supported OS: Windows 2000 and higher

Download size: 165 KB

WinCrashView homepage [3] [direct download [4]]