Windows Troubleshooting – Special Pool

The Windows Support team has a new YouTube channel, “Windows Troubleshooting”.  The first set of videos cover debugging blue screens. In this video, Bob Golding, Senior Escalation Engineer, describes how the Special Pool Windows diagnostics tool catches drivers that corrupt memory. Bob also introduces how memory is organized in the system for allocating memory for…

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Bugchecking a Computer on A Usermode Application Crash

Hello my name is Gurpreet Singh Jutla and I would like to share information on how we can bugcheck a box on any usermode application crash. Set the application as a critical process when the application crash is reproducible. We may sometimes need a complete memory dump to investigate the information from kernel mode on…

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Debugging a Generation 2 Virtual Machine

Hyper-V is based on the 440BX (PCI) chipset for emulation. The decision to use this chipset started years ago with Connectix Virtual PC.  The advantage of using an emulated chipset based on a popular motherboard like the 440BX, along with associated peripherals, is the compatibility with a large number of operating systems.   Windows Server…


Understanding Pool Corruption Part 2 – Special Pool for Buffer Overruns

In our previous article we discussed pool corruption that occurs when a driver writes too much data in a buffer.  In this article we will discuss how special pool can help identify the driver that writes too much data.   Pool is typically organized to allow multiple drivers to store data in the same page…


Understanding Pool Corruption Part 1 – Buffer Overflows

Before we can discuss pool corruption we must understand what pool is.  Pool is kernel mode memory used as a storage space for drivers.  Pool is organized in a similar way to how you might use a notepad when taking notes from a lecture or a book.  Some notes may be 1 line, others may…


Debugging a Network Connectivity Issue - TrackNblOwner to the Rescue

Hello Debug community this is Karim Elsaid again.  Today I’m going to discuss a recent interesting case where intermittently the server is losing access to the network.  No communication (even pings) can be done from / to the server when the issue hits.   We went through the normal exercise and asked the customer to…


Leaving the Do Not Disturb Sign on the Door Will Cause the KERNEL_APC_PENDING_DURING_EXIT Bugcheck

This is Ron Stock from the Global Escalation Services team and I recently worked with a customer to determine which misbehaving driver was crashing their critical server. This particular crash was a STOP 0x00000020 which maps to KERNEL_APC_PENDING_DURING_EXIT.   The KERNEL_APC_PENDING_DURING_EXIT bugcheck type indicates the APC disable count for a thread was not equal to…