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Take a massive dump!
Microsoft claims that Windows Vista is the most stable version of their OS yet... so stable that you may not ever see the dreaded BSOD (or Blue Screen of Death). Some of the development staff may have been so nostalgic over their lost Blue Friend that they included a hidden way to raise it from the depths.

Before you begin thinking that this is an awesome trick to play on your co-workers (and it is), there actually is a legitimate use for this "feature". Developers can use this trick to artificially create a memory dump for testing purposes. But it's much more fun for Linux and Mac evangelists to "demonstrate" how fragile Windows can be.

Once you enable this feature, you'll be able to create a BSOD at any time by pressing a certain key combination on your keyboard



After you enable the feature, you can generate a memory dump file by holding down the right CTRL key and pressing the SCROLL LOCK key two times. The feature is available for both PS/2 and universal serial bus (USB) keyboards. PS/2 keyboards use the i8042prt.sys driver that is included with the keyboard.

Create a new DWORD key and call it CrashOnCtrlScroll. Give it a value of 1.



Once you reboot your computer you can spawn a BSOD at any time by pressing the following key combination:

Hold down the Right Ctrl key
Press Scroll Lock
Press Scroll Lock again
You can disable this feature by deleting the registry key and rebooting.

There is a limitation with the Kbdhid.sys driver that allows you to generate the memory dump process by using a USB keyboard. The CTRL+SCROLL LOCK+SCROLL LOCK keyboard shortcut does not work if the computer stops responding at a high interrupt request level (IRQL). This limitation exists because the Kbdhid.sys driver operates at a lower IRQL than the i8042prt.sys driver. The USB keyboard feature only works on computers that are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003.



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post #2 of 25
I can get Vista to give me a BSOD without doing any hacks.

All I do is press the power button to turn on the computer.

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I can get Vista to give me a BSOD without doing any hacks.

All I do is press the power button to turn on the computer.

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Really? I've had it for a year and no BSOD.
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Really? I've had it for a year and no BSOD.
I can get it to crash by opening media center. I can get it to
crash by just running the first performance test. I can get it
to crash opening the welcome center...

Oh, and BSOD on SP1 installation as well.
Booyah for Vista.

Let's say I'm not exactly pleased with Vista in any way.
(No no no. It runs smooth on my system. It just crashes
way too much)
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Mine is stable, haven't had a single crash or BSOD for about a year now.
I'm starting to like it more and more.
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Originally Posted by ManicGenius View Post
I can get it to crash by opening media center. I can get it to
crash by just running the first performance test. I can get it
to crash opening the welcome center...

Oh, and BSOD on SP1 installation as well.
Booyah for Vista.

Let's say I'm not exactly pleased with Vista in any way.
(No no no. It runs smooth on my system. It just crashes
way too much)
Sorry to tell you this but there must be something wrong with your system. I've been running vista for well over a year and only one BSOD, and I did it on purpose!
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Originally Posted by ManicGenius View Post
I can get it to crash by opening media center. I can get it to
crash by just running the first performance test. I can get it
to crash opening the welcome center...

Oh, and BSOD on SP1 installation as well.
Booyah for Vista.

Let's say I'm not exactly pleased with Vista in any way.
(No no no. It runs smooth on my system. It just crashes
way too much)
That is your failure OCing. Its not stable.
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Originally Posted by ManicGenius View Post
I can get it to crash by opening media center. I can get it to
crash by just running the first performance test. I can get it
to crash opening the welcome center...

Oh, and BSOD on SP1 installation as well.
Booyah for Vista.

Let's say I'm not exactly pleased with Vista in any way.
(No no no. It runs smooth on my system. It just crashes
way too much)
Well clearly that is not normal so something else is wrong.
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Originally Posted by ManicGenius View Post
I can get it to crash by opening media center. I can get it to
crash by just running the first performance test. I can get it
to crash opening the welcome center...

Oh, and BSOD on SP1 installation as well.
Booyah for Vista.

Let's say I'm not exactly pleased with Vista in any way.
(No no no. It runs smooth on my system. It just crashes
way too much)
that's called an unstable OC and defective components, not a bad OS. The only BSODs I had was because my GPU OC was unstable and crashed the system.
    
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that's called an unstable OC and defective components, not a bad OS. The only BSODs I had was because my GPU OC was unstable and crashed the system.
Thankyou, another person that agrees with me!
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