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WHEA Error Alert Guide (or "How I got out of WHEAville")

This guide is to show you how to assign a task to a WHEA Error event that will display a message (or maybe send you an email) when a WHEA Error occurs.

WHEA Errors are considered a sign by some people that your overclock is unstable. If you are one of these people, I hope you find my guide useful!

I discovered how to do this while learning how to overclock my Intel Ivy Bridge CPU. I don't know if other CPU owners could benefit from this guide. If you do, please let me know.

One more note, I don't know if this works on any other version of Windows than 7. If you have success with this on a different version of Windows, I would like to hear about it.

Let's go!

1. On your Windows Menu, in the Search field type "event log". You should see "View event logs" appear. Click it.
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2. Next you will see the Event Viewer appear. We need to get to the section that contacts the WHEA Errors. On the left, under "Event Viewer (Local)" expand "Applications and Services", then "Microsoft", then "Windows", then "Kernel-WHEA", and then finally "Errors".

In the top center frame of the window, you should see your WHEA Errors. Click once to highlight one. Once you have an actual error highlighted, on the right side near the bottom click "Attach Task To This Event..." (You can also right-click the error directly to select "Attach Task To This Event..." as well.)
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4. You will now see the "Create a Basic Task Wizard". Here you can change the name of your task, or add a description. I did neither, and just clicked "Next".
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5. Click "Next" again.
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6. Here select "Display a message", then click "Next"
(NOTE: There is a Send an e-mail" option. I have not tried it. Please feel free to try it and please post back if it works!)
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7. Here is where you specify what title and message you want for your alert. After you do that, click "Next".
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8. Now finally, click "Finish"
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9. Here is an example of what you will see when you encounter your next WHEA Error. I found it very handy!
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10. Should you decide you want to edit or delete your task you created: On the Windows Menu in the Search field type "task", then click "Task Scheduler" up top.
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11. Now you will see the Task Scheduler. On the left click Event Viewer Tasks to highlight it. Now you should see your task in the top center frame. You can edit your task with the tabs below, or delete the task on the right.
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Thanks!
Edited by rexbinary - 10/17/12 at 6:33pm
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But WHEA errors aren't a sign of instability.  I have had the same installation of Windows 7 since I built my rig on July 11th.  Since that time, I overclocked to 4.7 GHz and later on I went to 4.8 GHz.  Naturally, I encountered tons of instability during that time as everyone does when they overclock.

 

A few months ago, someone posted a thread claiming that we don't have to use stability testing software anymore;  instead, just look for WHEA errors.  So, I decided to see how many I had.  I was expecting to find a large amount.  Well, I found zero.  Yep, no WHEA errors even though I went through all of that instability just to arrive at a stable 4.7 GHz and then later again at 4.8 GHz.

 

So to me, it's not worth the time to be looking for errors because someone could end up with zero as I did and say that their system is rock-solid stable even though it's not.

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When overclocking an Ivy bridge cpu prime can force WHEA errors instead of just crashing prime like it'll do on your sandybridge.

Believe it or not overclocking the two chips is a bit different.

I like to get my stress testing out of the way. I would still stress test my overclock off the bat. WHEA errors are just one more thing to look out for.

Again sandybridge /= ivybridge

I think that this guide is pretty handy. I'm going to try it out.
Edited by BababooeyHTJ - 10/17/12 at 6:42pm
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Thanks rexbinary! I hope people find it useful. +1Rep
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Thanks rexbinary, nice job thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

But WHEA errors aren't a sign of instability.  I have had the same installation of Windows 7 since I built my rig on July 11th.  Since that time, I overclocked to 4.7 GHz and later on I went to 4.8 GHz.  Naturally, I encountered tons of instability during that time as everyone does when they overclock.

A few months ago, someone posted a thread claiming that we don't have to use stability testing software anymore;  instead, just look for WHEA errors.  So, I decided to see how many I had.  I was expecting to find a large amount.  Well, I found zero.  Yep, no WHEA errors even though I went through all of that instability just to arrive at a stable 4.7 GHz and then later again at 4.8 GHz.

So to me, it's not worth the time to be looking for errors because someone could end up with zero as I did and say that their system is rock-solid stable even though it's not.

its not like, if youre oc isnt stable, you will always see or get whea errors..
its just one other way to see if theres instability somewhere in the system,
trying to set vcore as low as possible, can look stable when running prime
12/18H, and still crash when you open youre browser or play a game,
with or without whea errors..

i personally noticed whea errors when running prime, almost everytime before a worker stopped,
or had a crash..turning vcore up a notch helps most of the time.

Yesterday i was running some tests, and got whea errors, a worker stop in prime,
couldnt figure out why at first, then i realized i was using XMP profile for my ram,
turned it off, and my worker stopping, and the whea errors where gone..
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Start worrying when you BSOD with WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tompsonn View Post

Start worrying when you BSOD with WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR.

havent seen one of those yet, i think i should be happy i dont, right ..lol


@rexbinary

i did a setup like you said in youre post,
it displays a message if theres a whea error,
but if i reboot, it will show up too, if i go and have a look
in eventviewer, theres no whea error there, only the older ones..
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Quote:
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havent seen one of those yet, i think i should be happy i dont, right ..lol
@rexbinary
i did a setup like you said in youre post,
it displays a message if theres a whea error,
but if i reboot, it will show up too, if i go and have a look
in eventviewer, theres no whea error there, only the older ones..

Can that only mean the event log service delayed on startup and missed it?
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Nice guide. I have not seen a single WHEA in my list even if I have had a ton of blue screens. I have my final oc stable @ 4.0ghz on ivy 3770k. My machine has been up and running for over 72hrs now with out a restart or BSOD doing everything from basic tasks to hardcore gaming. I love the guide though and will use it in the future if the need arises. thumb.gif
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Awesome job I just used it lol keep up the good work
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