Monday, October 24, 2011

Utility: WinCrashReport supplements the Windows built-in crash module

In order to supplement the built-in crash reporting module of Windows, Nirsoft has built software called WinCrashReport. It is a small utility that makes the troubleshooting easier. If there is any crash on Windows or on any application, the program can be run. By default, this tool is capable of any crash as a text report. If you wish, you can switch is to HTML just by pressing the F8 key. The tool is completely different from the Windows 7 built-in crash module.
The following art the sections available on a crash report created by WinCrashReport:
•    Strings in the stack: Provides a list of all strings (Ascii and Unicode) found in the stack of the crashed application. Looking at these strings may give you a clue for locating the the cause of the crash.
•    Call Stack (Method 1 + Method 2): Provides the call stack of the crashed application. WinCrashReport uses 2 different methods to locate the calls made by the application just before the crash.
•    General Exception Information: Provides general information about the crash, including the date/time that the report was generated, the full path of the crashed application, the process/thread ID that caused the crash, product name/version/company of the crashed application, crash address, exception code, exception description, and exception parameters.

•    Modules List: Provides the list of all DLLs loaded into the crashed application. For every loaded module, the following information is displayed: module name, address range, module size, product name, product version, file version ,file description, company name, file size, file modified time, and full path of the dll.
•    Processor Registers: Provides the values of common processor registers at the momemnt of the crash. If a processor register points to a memory address, WinCrashReport will display the content of the memory address.

•    Full Stack Data: Provides the list of all values found in the crashed application, at the moment of the crash.
•    All Threads: Provides the list of all running threads in the crashed application. For every thread, the following information is displayed: Thread ID, start address, stack base, stack size, context switch count, status, priority, creation time, user time, and kernel time.

If you wish to translate WinCrashReport to other language, follow the following instructions.
1.    First, run WinCrashReport with /savelangfile parameter:
WinCrashReport.exe /savelangfile
A file named WinCrashReport_lng.ini will be created in the folder of WinCrashReport 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 WinCrashReport, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
If you want to run WinCrashReport without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.
5.    Now, you’re succeeded in translating WinCrashReport to other languages.
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