What Is the File Extension Dmp?

by Faith Davies

When errors occur with computer programs, there are a number of tools used to troubleshoot or diagnose the cause of the problem. One diagnostic method is to utilize .dmp files.

Identification

A file with the .dmp file extension is known as a Windows "dump file."

Function

A file with the .dmp file extension contains information that is dumped or saved when a computer program fails.

Benefits

By analyzing the information contained in .dmp files, it is often possible to see the error message that the program displayed in relation to what processes the program was completing. This makes it possible to determine the cause of the crash.

Programs

Programs used to analyze .dmp files include Windows Debug Tools, Windows Kernel Debug and Microsoft Dumpflop.

Considerations

In some cases, .dmp files are generated by a program known as Savedump.exe, which is used to reinstall a Windows computer to its previous settings following a crash.

About the Author

Faith Davies has been writing professionally since 1996, contributing to various websites. She holds an LAH insurance license in the state of Pennsylvania and has experience as a bank branch manager and lending officer. Davies graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.