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Random bits of (hopefully) useful technical information on Windows, with a focus on understanding and troubleshooting.

December, 2008

  • "The previous shutdown was unexpected"

    In the event where Windows encounters a problem in the kernel (memory corruption, null pointer reference, explicit call to KeBugCheckEx, etc.), the "Blue Screen of Death" (BSoD) is observed. This, we all know. The BSoD is actually your friend...
  • "Memory Camping"

    On occasion, Windows may report a failure to start a new process due to insufficient virtual memory, physical memory, "storage" or system resources. While there are many possible (genuine) reasons for this shortage (most often visible through...