The MEMORY.DMP file is a debug file that is generated by a system crash of some sort on Windows XP. The size of this file by default can be over 2GB and is typically never used by the average user. If you continue to have system crashes and want to really look into the issue than the MEMORY.DMP file could be very useful. By default this file is located in the “C:\WINDOWS” directory but the location of the dump can be modified along with what is actually output in the system dump.
So can the MEMORY.DMP file be deleted? The short answer is yes it can be deleted however every time there is a system crash the file will be recreated unless you follow the steps below. If you do continue to have system crashes though the file could definitely come in handy when troubleshooting the issue.
Modify System Failure Options
- Open Startup and Recovery: Right click on “My Computer” and choose properties from the drop down menu. Click the Advanced tab and then click on the Settings button under the “Startup and Recovery” sub section.
- Modify Settings: Here you can modify numerous settings however the primary setting we want to change is the amount of data that is output during a system crash. Under the “System Failure” section click on the “Write debugging information” drop down and choose the “Small memory dump (64KB)” option. Choosing this option will limit the system dump log.
- Save Settings and Reboot: Click OK at the bottom of the “Startup and Recovery” window followed by OK at the “My Computer Properties” window. You will be notified that you must restart the computer for these changes to take effect. If you don’t need to save any open files go ahead and click OK to reboot the computer.
The system dump to MEMORY.DMP will now be much smaller and in fact is limited to 64KB. This will free up some disk sapce for something that is very rarely used by the average computer user.