DumpStack.log file?

So sometimes I like to browse files on my system, and I found this weird DumpStack.log file. I put it on pastebin and here's the link: https://pastebin.com/bDZf6Zwn

This could be caused by a BSoD, but I want to make sure.

Thanks

winterfoxx

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This file is a dump stack log. Dump stack logging was first introduced in Windows 8.

You should be able to see two hidden files on the root of your OS volume:

  • DumpStack.log
  • DumpStack.log.tmp

You can always delete the first, but the second is always in use by the Windows itself. You probably guessed why.

Anyway, dump stack logging can be disabled. To do so, enforce the following setting in Windows Registry:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl]
"EnableLogFile"=dword:00000000

In other words:

  1. Open the Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE", "SYSTEM", "CurrentControlSet", "Control", and finally "CrashControl"
  3. Once you've opened the "CrashControl" key, look at the values pane to the right and look for "EnableLogFile". If it doesn't exist, create it. Its type must be "DWORD".
  4. Set its value to 0.
  5. Exit the Registry Editor.
Once you enforced the aforementioned setting, restart your computer. Only after a restart you'll be able to delete both files.

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