Nobody sets out purposely wanting to know how to crash a computer. However, a computer crash will occasionally happen regardless of what type of computer we’re using or how new it may be. Whenever this happens, you may find yourself wondering what causes a computer to crash. You may also be asking yourself, why does my computer crash.
To begin with, you should know that there are 2 types of crashes. They are the blue screen computer crash and the computer crash blank screen. Typically, you’re going to see a blue computer crash screen whenever a software, update or drivers is incompatible with your operating system. The blue computer crash screen should contain information about the type of error that just occurred. However, this may not be enough information to help you pinpoint the root cause.
Whenever you see a blue computer crash screen there are some things that you can do. Mainly, you’ll want to enable debugging for Windows so that it will automatically dump the programs’ information that was running at the time of the crash. You can look at these files if you desire. They’re located in System Properties in the Advanced Settings area under Startup and Recovery. There are a few different files here, including:
1. A small memory dump is created whenever your computer crashes. It contains only the last processes or applications that were running before the crash.
2. A kernel memory dump contains more detailed dump information, including any OS processes that were running at the time of the crash.
3. A complete memory dump occurs when everything, including the free spaces and idle processes that were working in the background, are dumped.
You can use Windows Debugger to open a dump file. Once installed it will interpret the data in your dump file for you. This will provide you with information about what application or driver caused your computer crash screen.