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Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2




Data type Range Default value


0 | 1



Specifies whether the system writes over the old recovery file or creates a new recovery file each time the system stops abnormally.

When the system stops abnormally and the value of CrashDumpEnabled is either 1 or 2, Windows Server 2003 copies the contents of system memory to the recovery log file. The data in this file can help determine the cause of the failure. Note that minidumps are never overwritten, so this entry affects only Full and Kernel dumps.

This entry stores the setting of the Overwrite any existing file check box in System in Control Panel.


Value Meaning


The system creates a new recovery file for each abnormal stop. This value preserves a record of previous abnormal stops to aid your investigation into the cause of the stops.


The system overwrites the existing recovery file. This value prevents the system from accumulating unused recovery files.

Change Method

To change the value of this entry, use System in Control Panel. Click the Advanced tab, then click the Startup and Recovery button. When the Overwrite any existing file check box is selected, the value of this entry is 1.

Activation Method

To make changes to this value effective, you must restart Windows Server 2003.


  • To change the value of this entry, you must be an administrator of the computer.

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