Uninformed: Informative Information for the Uninformed

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Symbol Server

Hopefully by now both the Debugging Tools for Windows and the Symbols Packages have finished downloading. Install them in either order but take note of the directory the symbols are installed to. Once both are installed, begin by executing WinDBG, which can be found under Debugging Tools for Windows, beneath Programs, within the Start Menu. Once WinDBG is running click on File, Symbol File Path, and type in the following: SRV*<path to symbols>*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols For example, if symbols were installed to:

then the reader should enter:
This configuration tells WinDBG where to find the previously installed symbols, and if needed symbols are unavailable, where to get them from - the Symbol Server. For more information on Symbol Server, the reader is encouraged to read the information in the reference section.[2]