What are *.dmp files on Windows ?


Article Number000064514
EnvironmentProduct: OpenEdge
Version: All supported versions
OS: Windows 2012
Question/Problem Description
What are *.dmp files on Windows ?
Why are there <OE executable>.*.dmp files created on the system ?
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.dmp files are Windows debugging dump files. 
They are created when a process crashes, if the Windows is configured to do so.

To analyse them, use the Windows debugging tools.
If no analysis is required, they can safely be deleted.
References to Other Documentation:
Microsoft KB article "How to read the small memory dump file that is created by Windows if a crash occurs" (
Last Modified Date11/12/2015 5:22 PM

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