Maybe you don't need external software if you want to create a screen shot, here are some easy steps you can follow:
- When you are sure you want to take a picture about the current case, press the Prt Scr (aka. Print Screen) button on your keyboard.
- Once the screen is saved, you need to load the picture into an application, let's use the good old Paint program:
- Hit Enter or click OK
- Now you'll need to Paste the screen shot into the application: you can either use the menu just press Ctrl+V buttons
Usually, we don't need colors, so you can create much smaller images - in size. Also, you can resize&crop or crop the picture, so you can cut out all unnecessary parts: to resize&crop in the same time, first drag the picture and align it to the left and up, so you've just cut the unnecessary parts from the left/up. Now you need to go to the bottom-right corner of the picture and click the corner point: drag it upwards, to the left (you'll cut the unnecessary right and bottom parts).
I suggest you to save your picture in JPG format, it is an already compressed picture format which got small size, and avoid using BMP format (uncompressed, bigest size).
IF the minidump creation is enabled, you can find your .dmp files at C:\Windows\minidump (C:\Windows\ equals with your system path). Let's check it:
3. sysdm.cpl (click OK)
4. Special tab
5. Check startup and recovery
At least the 64KB file is needed, so check it from the drop-down list. If automatic restart is checked, i suggest a clear (so you can read asap what happened /if you can't log in next time, this is quite useful/).
Wanna see what was the text of the BSOD? I'd get the freeware BlueScreenView
from Nirsoft. Use Options|Advanced Options to specify non-default paths and Options|Lower Pane Mode to switch View.