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Test your systems with a manual blue screen and memory dump

Wanna see if systems can survive a bluescreen?

In the registry under the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesi8042prtParameters

Add the following:

Value Name: CrashOnCtrlScroll
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1

After restarting the computer, you can generate a system to stop responding by holding down the right CTRL key and pressing the SCROLL LOCK key twice. Pressing left CTRL key does not generate the system to stop responding.

If the system is configured to to create a crashdump, it will do so too. The blue screen, and event log will indicate that a crash dump has been manually activated (so do not get funny ideas...).


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This was first published in October 2001

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