TechTips: Debuggers, Process Explorer and Symbols

(Thanks to David Solomon for this:

WinDbg – install from

File -> Symbol File Path (or press Ctrl+S)



Or, set it as a system variable:

setx -m _NT_SYMBOL_PATH srv*c:\symbols*


Get the SysInternals Suite from (or just install Process Explorer from

Options -> Configure Symbols

change the dbghelp.dll path to C:\Program Files\Debugging Tools for Windows (x86)\dbghelp.dll (or adjust for x64)

Symbols path is srv*c:\symbols*

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