BSOD - Stop Error Messages:
Stop Error - A serious Error affecting the
Operating System possibly placing Data at risk. The Operating System
generates an obvious message, a screen with the STOP Error, rather than
continuing on and possibly causing further damage. A STOP Error is also
called a Fatal System Error a.k.a. BSOD in some circles.
Choosing Recovery Actions if Windows Stops
Using the Recovery feature in Control Panel, under
'System' - Configure Windows to do the following when a Stop Error or
Fatal System Error occurs:
- Write an Event to the System Log. Best choice!
- Alert Administrators - User YOU!
- Dump System Memory to a File for Advanced Users
to use in Debugging the Error.
- Automatically Restart the Computer.
The Dump of System Memory to a Log File can be
valuable for Debugging the cause of a Stop Error. Note: Windows 2000
writes the Log File to the same File Name (Memory.dmp, by default)
each time a Stop Error occurs. To preserve Log Files, rename the Log File
with a unique name after the Computer Restarts.
what Windows 2000 does if the system stops unexpectedly:
Details of above.
- Open System in Control Panel.
- On the Advanced tab, click Startup
and Recovery, and under System Failure, choose which of
the following actions Windows 2000 should perform if a Stop
- Write an event to the system log
specifies that Event
information will be recorded in the System Log.
- Send an administrative alert
specifies that your system administrator will be notified.
- Automatically reboot specifies
that Windows 2000 will automatically restart your
- Under Write Debugging Information,
choose what type of information Windows 2000 should record
when the system stops unexpectedly.
- Small Memory Dump records the
smallest set of useful information that will help identify the
problem. This option requires a Paging
of at least 2 MB on the Boot
of your computer and specifies that
Windows 2000 will create a new file each time the system
stops unexpectedly. A history of these files is stored in the
directory listed under Small Dump Directory.
- Kernel Memory Dump records only
kernel memory, which speeds up the process of recording
information in a log when the system stops unexpectedly.
Depending on the amount of RAM in your computer, you must have
50 MB to 800 MB available for the paging file on the
- Complete Memory Dump records the
entire contents of system memory when the system stops
unexpectedly. If you choose this option you must have a paging
file on the boot volume large enough to hold all of the
physical RAM plus one megabyte (MB).
STOP Error (Blue Screen) Troubleshooting (PPT File.)
TechNet - Appendix B - Troubleshooting Stop Errors: Win2000.
- Software Design - Error Messages for Windows: (5/23/2003).
To Recover When Win2000 Stops:
- Restart the computer and log on using an
account in the Administrators Group.
- Open Event Viewer, archive the currently
logged security events (if desired), and then clear all events from
the security log.
- Open Registry Editor and locate the following
- Delete and replace the CrashOnAuditFail value,
using data type REG_DWORD and a value of 1.
- Exit Registry Editor and restart the computer.
Caution: Edit the Registry @ your own risk! NOT
for the squeamish!