I’ve been working on some flaky XP machines in my spare time lately. Some get the bsod, some just lock up, some shut themselves off.
I’ve found some troubleshooting tools that weren’t on my radar until recently.
- the Windows XP change diagnostic tool (requires xp sp2, runs in both wizard and command line mode
- the Microsoft online crash analysis web site – tries to determine the source of your bsod stop error (requires Microsoft Passport sign-in)
- the Windows memory diagnostic tool (supports x86 processors, test limited to the first 4GB of RAM)
- the Microsoft corporate error reporting tool (requires MVLS and software assurance)
check them out next time you experience general Windows weirdness.