BSOD Enable or Disable Overwrite Existing BSOD Dump File in Windows 11


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A BSOD (blue screen of death) error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

When you have a BSOD, the system saves mini dump files in C:\Windows\minidump and full system dump files in C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP by default.

Windows will overwrite any existing dump file by default when a new dump file gets created.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable overwrite any existing dump file in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable overwrite any existing dump file.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Overwrite Existing BSOD Dump File in Advanced System Settings
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Overwrite Existing BSOD Dump File using REG file




Option One

Enable or Disable Overwrite Existing BSOD Dump File in Advanced System Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on About on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on the Advanced system settings link, and close Settings. (see screenshot below)

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4 In the Advanced tab of System Properties (SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe), click/tap on the Settings button under Startup and Recovery. (see screenshot below)

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5 Check (enable - default) or uncheck (disable) Overwrite any existing file for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

Enable or Disable Overwrite Existing BSOD Dump File using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you want.

2 Enable Overwrite Existing BSOD Dump File

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_overwrite_any_existing_BSOD_dump_file.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl]
"Overwrite"=dword:00000001

3 Disable Overwrite Existing BSOD Dump File

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_overwrite_any_existing_BSOD_dump_file.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl]
"Overwrite"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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