Find and identify the origin of a Windows 11 crash

Have you ever encountered your computer crashing in Windows 11? Have you noticed an unresponsive app or data loss?

Windows 11 crashes can cause considerable disruption for users. Therefore, it is important to understand the causes of these crashes and know how to fix them quickly. Fortunately, Windows has several built-in tools that can help you identify potential causes of these issues and fix them.

In this article, we'll show you how to use these tools to diagnose and fix Windows crashing issues.

Windows built-in diagnostic tools

Windows includes several built-in tools that can help you identify potential causes of a crash and troubleshoot problems. The Event Viewer and Task Manager are two important tools for diagnosing Windows crashes.

Using the Event Viewer

The Event Viewer is a diagnostic tool that logs system and application events. Indeed, it can help you identify errors and warnings related to crashes.

Here's how to use the Event Viewer to identify a Windows crash:

  • First, open the Event Viewer by clicking Start, typing "Event Viewer" in the search bar, and then clicking the Event Viewer app.

  • Then, in the Event Viewer window, select "Windows Logs"in the left menu.
  • To continue, select "System" to view system logs, or "Application" to view application logs.
  • To narrow the results, use the filter options. You can filter logs by event type (error, warning, etc.), source name, or date range.
  • To identify crashes, look for crash-related events. Crash events can be system errors or crash events in the application logs.
  • By analyzing the information provided in the events, you can identify potential causes of the crash. The information may include error codes, error descriptions, filenames and paths, etc.
  • Finally, to troubleshoot crashes, use the information obtained.

Use Task Manager

Task Manager is another built-in tool that can help you diagnose Windows crashes. It lets you see which processes are running, which system resources are being used, and which applications are using the most resources.

Here's how to use Task Manager to diagnose a Windows crash:

  • To begin, open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del or typing "task Manager" in the Windows search bar.
  • Once Task Manager is opened, you can see the processes running and system resources in use.
  • To continue, use the "Performanceto monitor system resources such as memory, CPU, and disk. If you notice abnormally high usage of these resources, it could indicate a process that is causing crashes.
  • Using the tab "Process", you can see all the running processes and their resource usage. If you notice a process that is abnormally using a lot of resources, it could indicate that it is the cause of the crashes.
  • To identify which apps are causing crashes, use the "Applications", you can see the running applications and their status (responding or not responding). If an application is not responding, it may indicate that it is causing a crash.
  • Finally, to troubleshoot crash-related issues, you can use the information obtained from Task Manager to identify the processes or applications that are causing problems, and take appropriate action to close them or uninstall them.

Use WhoCrashed to find out why your computer is crashing

It is important to note that most computer crashes are caused by device driver or kernel module issues. This is because kernel errors generally do not cause blue screens on Windows computers unless they are configured to do so. However, these computers reboot unexpectedly.

To identify the precise cause of a computer crash, it is possible to use useful software such as WhoCrashed. The latter analyzes computer crash logs and turns them into an easy-to-understand analysis report. It is used to determine the causes of a blue screen of death, an untimely restart or other bugs.

Info: Note that WhoCrashed cannot always be 100% sure which drivers crashed your computer. Nevertheless, it is a handy tool for quickly identifying potential causes of a computer crash.

Here's how to use WhoCrashed to identify a Windows crash:

  • First of all, Download and install WhoCrashed.
  • Then launch the software. Click on Analysis to analyze your computer's crash logs.
  • Once the scan is complete, WhoCrashed will show you the possible causes of the crash. It could be a faulty device driver, software conflict, or memory error.
  • For more details on the cause of the crash, click the "Details" button next to each entry.
  • Finally, use the information provided by WhoCrashed to fix the problem.

With WhoCrashed , you will know if it is the RAM, the graphics card or the processor fan, which is the problem for your PC.