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Debugging Tools for Windows

CNET Editors' review

Debugging Tools for Windows offers to help rid a computer of pesky bugs, but an overly simple interface and a too complicated Help file could leave people (especially the novice) more frustrated with the cure than with the original bugs.

The program's interface was the first clue that this would be a bumpy ride. While we anticipated a few simple command icons to handle the process, the program's stark design gave us no direction for getting started. The program did offer a comprehensive Help file, but the dense jargon wasn't easy to understand. We attempted to counteract this disappointing layout by using common sense to harness the functionality, but this also fell flat on its nose. When we attempted to select a program to cleanse, it appeared on the screen as endless lines of code, which made no sense to us. When we opened the program's Command and Debug menus, some of the options were unavailable and the others performed no understandable task. The program offered skimpy features like a menu to change our view to the computer's Memory and create Event Timestamps, but this was a moot point since the primary function was so elusive. At no point could we feel we successfully debugged anything and were left with nothing but frustration at every turn.

Debugging Tools for Windows is freeware, but it's definitely no bargain. Less experienced users will be disappointed from the start and we suggest you look for a more effective--and easier to understand--debugger.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "downloaded but did not use"

    February 7, 2011  |   By pinktam

    Version: Debugging Tools for Windows 6.11.1.402

    Pros

    downloaded but did not use

    Cons

    downloaded but did not use

    Summary

    downloaded but did not use

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Iinterface a bit clunky, good tutorials at codeproject"

    July 24, 2010  |   By Robert Inventor

    Version: Debugging Tools for Windows 6.11.1.402

    Pros

    Mainly a tool for developers.
    For tutorials see
    http://www.codeproject.com/KB/debug/windbg_quick_start.aspx
    and
    http://www.codeproject.com/KB/debug/windbg_part1.aspx#_Toc64133675

    I use it to analyse minidumps. mainly, use Visual Studio for debugging

    Cons

    Check out the tutorials before you try it - its for developers and they haven't put a lot of work into giving it a nice GUI,.

    Summary

    I don't know much about it as a debugger as I use Visual Studio for that.

    Just use it for minidumps analysis.

    A quick way to do that is to open the crash dump file then go to View | Stack Trace. Result is just a list of adresses but if you set the symbol path as http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols/ then you can see the names of any Windows routines on the stack at the time of the crash.

    Application developers can load the symbols for their own apps as well. Or if you have a map file, you can look up the adresses using Crash Explorer.

    http://www.codeproject.com/KB/applications/BugTrap.aspx?msg=2735174

    Anyway I don't know much about WinDbg but thought that it might help to post a review with a couple of links to the CodeProject tutorials for anyone reading this who is puzzled about what it does. Here they are again:

    For tutorials see
    http://www.codeproject.com/KB/debug/windbg_quick_start.aspx
    and
    http://www.codeproject.com/KB/debug/windbg_part1.aspx#_Toc64133675

    It's a good free tool. You just have to know what it is supposed to do and how to use it and need to follow tutorials, and it doesn't have these beginner type tutorials included in the download.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Defacto standard for production debugging"

    February 26, 2010  |   By hdubya

    Version: Debugging Tools for Windows 6.11.1.402

    Pros

    Puts the power into the hands of the person running the debugger

    Cons

    Not for people who don't know what they are doing. (CNET Review staff)

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