Whenever your computer crashes due to a hardware or software malfunction, a minidump file is created containing information about the error which caused that crash. These minidump files can later be used for troubleshooting and analyzing the error. Usually, these files are stored on the same drive where Windows is installed inside a folder named minidump. Not all versions of Microsoft Windows have minidumps enabled by default. An error message like “Failed to write core dump. Minidumps are not enabled by default on client versions of Windows ” is displayed If minidumps are disabled.
If your computer is frequently getting the blue screen of death (BSoD) errors or any other hardware or software errors due to which, your computer is not working normally. In this case, you need to know the actual reason of crash to fix it. Contents of a minidump file can provide all this critical information which helps to understand the problem quickly. In the case of error message Failed to write core dump. Minidumps are not enabled by default on client versions of Windows means first, you need to enable Minidumps. After that, Windows will start creating a minidump file after every crash. Follow the steps below to enable minidumps in different versions of Microsoft Windows.
How to enable minidumps on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1
- Right Click Start Menu then click Control Panel.
- Now click on the System.
- Click on Advance System Settings in left menu
- Click Settings button on Startup and Recovery
- Here you can choose Small Memory Dumps from the drop-down list and click ok.
How to enable minidumps on Windows 7
- Click Start menu then Right click My Computer
- Click Advance System Settings
- Click Settings
- Choose Small Memory Dump(128 KB) from the drop-down list and press ok.
How to open minidump files
Minidump files are stored in a folder inside Windows folder. If Windows is installed on C drive, then the path to minidumps folder should be C:\Windows\minidumps. You need Administrative rights to view minidumps files. Microsoft provides a free tool Windbg to view the contents of a minidump file.
For more Information about minidumps read this Knowledgebase article on Microsoft.