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If your computer crashes it will create a dump file. From this dump file you can diagnose the source of the problem. It is unlikely you will need this dump file; if you do, you can always turn the option back on. This guide will show you how to save space by disabling memory dump files in Vista.

Disabling Dump Files

1. Press Start and click Control Panel

2. Type Advanced in the search box

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3. Click on View advanced system settings in the search results

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4. Under Startup and Recovery, click Settings

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5. In the Write debugging information drop down, click (none) and press OK

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You will now save space and not store useless information.



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  • Terry.L

    thank you^^

  • Terry.L

    thank you^^

  • Terry.L

    thank you^^

  • slundy

    hmmm, not sure if i’d recommend this, as the files are only 64KB in size (unless you have them set to a phys. memory dump then it can get big). I use these A LOT in troubleshooting, but I guess for an average end user they may not. But if they have a blue screen that’s not telling you what’s causing it and you invite your computer geek friend over to fix it, they may not be able to w/o these files. Proceed at your own risk I guess…nice tip either way. Need to disable auto restart as well, that’s probably the most annoying thing anyone has added to a consumer product for computers.

  • slundy

    hmmm, not sure if i’d recommend this, as the files are only 64KB in size (unless you have them set to a phys. memory dump then it can get big). I use these A LOT in troubleshooting, but I guess for an average end user they may not. But if they have a blue screen that’s not telling you what’s causing it and you invite your computer geek friend over to fix it, they may not be able to w/o these files. Proceed at your own risk I guess…nice tip either way. Need to disable auto restart as well, that’s probably the most annoying thing anyone has added to a consumer product for computers.

  • slundy

    hmmm, not sure if i’d recommend this, as the files are only 64KB in size (unless you have them set to a phys. memory dump then it can get big). I use these A LOT in troubleshooting, but I guess for an average end user they may not. But if they have a blue screen that’s not telling you what’s causing it and you invite your computer geek friend over to fix it, they may not be able to w/o these files. Proceed at your own risk I guess…nice tip either way. Need to disable auto restart as well, that’s probably the most annoying thing anyone has added to a consumer product for computers.

  • Anonymous

    awesome, thank you! 


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