Data type Range Default value
REG_DWORD 0 | 1 1


Determines whether the system writes over the old recovery file or creates a new recovery file each time the system stops abnormally.

When the system stops abnormally and the value of CrashDumpEnabled is 1, Windows 2000 copies the contents of system memory to the recovery log file. The data in this file can help to determine the cause of the failure.

This entry stores the value of the Overwrite any existing file check box in System in Control Panel.

Value Meaning
0 The system creates a new recovery file for each failure. This setting preserves a record of previous failures to aid your investigation.
1 The system overwrites the existing recovery file. This setting prevents the system from accumulating unused recovery files.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use System in Control Panel. Click the Advanced tab, then click the Startup and Recovery button. This value is set to 1 when the Overwrite any existing file box is checked.

Activation method

To make changes to this value effective, you must restart Windows 2000.

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To change the value of this entry, you must be an administrator of the computer.

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