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Debug InspectorTM works on both Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008, although for Visual Studio 2005 you will need to install the .Net Framework 3.5. (We are working on removing this restriction.)

To get started, for Managed DeadLocks just press Control-Shift-M, or View\Other Windows\Managed Thread Stacks from Visual Studio.

For Unmanaged Deadlocks you need to use the standalone DebugInspector.Studio.exe executable, and please remember to NOT break into the process that you need to inspect. The unmanaged exe needs your process to be running (type GO from WinDbg, F5 from Visual Studio etc to get the executable into running mode), and needs all symbols via the symbol server (if you are looking at a managed app in this way, the symbols for mscorwks.dll are crucial for it to work correctly, beacuse you will see calls like mscorwks!StrongNameFreeBuffer and mscorwks!CreateAssemblyCache instead of what you expect, like KERNEL32!WaitForMultipleObjectsEx). Once you have loaded the DebugInspector.Studio.exe, simply type the Process ID into the textbox on the toolbar and click "GO".

Post Install Instructions

Remember that you will need install Debugging Tools for Windows and then copy dbgeng.dll, dbghelp.dll and symsrv.dll to the installation folder.

Vista Users

For unmanaged deadlock detection to work properly you will, in addition to the dlls listed above,

1. Copy kd.exe into the installation folder.
2. Download and then build the detoured.dll file from the detours Microsoft site.

NOTE: You will need to boot in Debug Mode and will need to use these settings:

bcdedit /dbgsettings 1394 /start active /noumex

The /noumex is important as any program you have installed that is not correctly catching exceptions will hang the kernel on startup as you will have no kernel debugger attached.

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