WinDBG !locks is broken

27 Feb
February 27, 2012

This is old news, but I just discovered it today.

Apparently WinDbg !locks command is broken in the last stand-alone release of Debugging Tools for Windows. To fix the issue you need to download the WDK or downgrade to the previous version (6.10).

Found via while trying to track down a deadlock. I forgot how fun crash analysis can be . I say that both seriously and sarcastically at the same time. When your tools are broken it can lead to hours of wasted time. 🙁


Personal note for later lookup: MS Symbol server path (for easy pasting):

Dump any spare symbols you need in temp (not a best practice!)

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