SOLVED! “Dump File Creation Failed Due To Error During Dump Creation”

When Windows crashes out of the blue, the dump file is one of the things that can tell people what might have gone wrong. However, it’s worth pointing out that the creation of dump files on Windows could fail on occasions. Cannot locate the dump file and there is an entry in Event Viewer that says “Dump file creation failed due to error during dump creation”? In that case, you have come to the right place. 

The Usual Suspects 

Corrupted System Files

When its system files become corrupted, your PC would have difficulty creating a file. Therefore, if you see the “Dump file creation failed due to error during dump creation” entry in Event Viewer, take system files into account. 

Issues with Cleanup Application

Sometimes, third-party cleanup apps could prevent the creation of dump files to preserve the performance of your PC. On the bright side, if an app is responsible for the failure to create dump files, it takes little time and effort to resolve. 

Unstable/Outdated BIOS

All in all, if the BIOS is unstable or outdated, it might interfere with the creation of dump files. Cannot recall the last time you updated your BIOS? Then your BIOS could be the reason why Event Viewer logged “Dump file creation failed due to error during dump creation”.

“Dump File Creation Failed Due To Error During Dump Creation”: Fixes

Chkdsk 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type CMD, right-click on Command Prompt and pick Run as administrator.
  • Step 2: Run the command chkdsk /f /r Z: (replace Z: according to the drive you want to scan)
  • Step 3: Wait until the scan completes, exit Command Prompt and restart your PC.

System File Checker (SFC) 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type CMD, right-click on Command Prompt and pick Run as administrator.
  • Step 2: Run the command sfc /scannow.
  • Step 3: The moment the scan wraps up, exit Command Prompt and restart your PC.

Deployment Image Servicing and Management Scan (DISM)

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type CMD, right-click on Command Prompt and pick Run as administrator.
  • Step 2: Run the command DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth.
  • Step 3: As soon as the scan concludes, exit Command Prompt and restart your PC.

Uninstall The Cleanup Application

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: In Run, type appwiz.cpl then press Enter to open Programs & Features.
  • Step 3: Locate the cleanup application, right-click it and select Uninstall.
  • Step 4: Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation.
  • Step 5: Restart the PC.

Update BIOS

In the beginning, you should check out your BIOS version:

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type msinfo32 then press Enter. 
  • Step 3: Note down BIOS Version/Date and SMBIOS Version.

Alternatively:

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R to launch Run.
  • Step 2:  Type system info then press Enter.
  • Step 3: Note down BIOS details.

Next, you have to update the BIOS 

  • Step 1: Launch your web browser and visit your PC manufacturer’s site to download BIOS.
  • Step 2: Put the BIOS file into a bootable USB flash drive.
  • Step 3: Connect the USB flash with the BIOS file to your PC, reboot the computer and press F12.
  • Step 4: On the menu that appears, select USB Storage device and choose Return.
  • Step 5: Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the BIOS update.

Repair Install

ISO

  • Step 1: Visit the Microsoft Software Download site for Windows 10.
  • Step 2: Download the Windows ISO file and save it.
  • Step 3: Right-click the ISO file and select “Mount”.
  • Step 4: Double-click the mounted ISO file to start the repair install.
  • Step 5: Wait for your PC to restart.
  • Step 6: Accept the License terms.
  • Step 7: Navigate to Change what to keep > Keep personal files & apps > Next.
  • Step 8: Configure settings to your preferences and click Next.
  • Step 9: Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Media Creation Tool

  • Step 1: Open your browser and visit the Microsoft Software Download page.
  • Step 2: Download Media Creation Tool and save it to your computer.
  • Step 3: Right-click Media Creation Tool, pick Run > Yes > Create installation media for another PC > Next.
  • Step 4: Unselect the checkbox next to “use recommended options”.
  • Step 5: Select the language, architecture, and edition.
  • Step 6: Enter your product key if prompted.
  • Step 7: Choose the option to install Windows using a USB flash drive.
  • Step 8: Plug in a USB drive, hit Refresh drive list and select your device.
  • Step 9: Allow Windows to complete the download, click “Finish” and wait as your PC restart.
  • Step 10: Accept the License terms then navigate to Change what to keep > Keep personal files & apps > Next.
  • Step 11:  Configure settings to your preferences and click Next.
  • Step 12:  Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a dump file?

A dump file is a file created when your PC crashes, such as when you encounter the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD). They store the data on your computer’s RAM before the crash. The file helps users determine the cause of the crash and how to resolve it.

How do I dismiss Windows 10 error messages?

Sometimes, all you need to get rid of error messages is to restart your PC. In other cases, you might need to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. To do so, go through the steps down below: 

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Navigate to Update and Security > Troubleshoot > Windows Update > Run the troubleshooter.
  • Step 3: Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Step 4: Let Windows Update Troubleshooter address the issues, close everything and restart your PC.

Tips And Tricks

  • Backup data before modifying your PC
  • Keep your system up-to-date
  • Scan your computer from time to time

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