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LiveKd Virtual Machine Debugging Utility

LiveKD, is a utility that allows you to run the Kd and Windbg Microsoft kernel debuggers, which are part of the Debugging Tools for Windows package, locally on a live system. Execute all the debugger commands that work on crash dump files to look deep inside the system.

While the latest versions of Windbg and Kd have a similar capability on Windows XP and Server 2003, LiveKD enables more functionality, such as viewing thread stacks with the !thread command, than Windbg and Kd’s own live kernel debugging facility.

Usage: livekd [-w] [-d] [-k <debugger path>] [-o <dumpfile name>] [debugger options]

    -w Runs windbg instead of Kd (Kd is the default).

  • -d Runs Dumpchk exam instead of Kd (Kd is the default).
  • -k Specifies complete path and filename of debugger image to execute.
  • -o Saves a memory.dmp to disk instead of launching debugger

All other options are passed through to Kd/Windbg/Dumpchk. Note: Use Ctrl-Break to terminate and restart the debugger if it hangs.


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