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Old 04-30-2009, 01:18 AM  
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DRIVER VERIFIER - Windows 7 & Vista

If your BSODs are 3rd party sofware related, the Driver Verifier will help flush out the rogue driver by flagging it and causing your system to BSOD.

1. Create a Windows System Restore Point -
Vista --> START | type rstrui - create a restore point

Windows 7 --> START | type create | select "Create a Restore Point"

2. Run the Driver Verifier -

START | type verifier | make these selections - 

1. Select 2nd option - "Create custom settings (for code developers)"
2. Select 2nd option - "Select individual settings from a full list"
3. Check these boxes -
Special Pool Pool Tracking Force IRQL checking Deadlock Detection Security Checks (Windows 7) Miscellaneous Checks
4. Select last option - "Select driver names from a list" 5. Click on the Provider heading - sorts list by Provider 6. Check ALL boxes where "Microsoft" IS NOT the Provider 7. Click on Finish 8. Re-boot

- If the Driver Verifier (DV) finds a violation, it will result in a BSOD

- After re-start, you may not be able to log on to normal Windows
... Boot into SAFEMODE - tap the F8 key repeatedly during boot-up
... Select "System Restore"
... Choose the restore point that you created in step #1

- For Driver Verifier status - type verifier /query (in a cmd/DOS screen)
- To turn Driver Verifier off - verifier /reset then re-boot

- The Driver Verifier needs to run as long as possible - even if the status screen appears clear.
- All future BSOD dumps must be VERIFIER_ENABLED_MINIDUMPs - otherwise the dump(s) are of no use

If your system does BSOD while the Driver Verifier is running, please retrieve the dump file from c:\windows\minidump, zip it up & attach to your next post.

If you have any questions, please send me a PM.



Driver Verifer information -->
Driver Verifier issues within Vista/ Windows 7 -->

J. C. Griffith
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