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Microsoft KB Archive/255687

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INFO: Support Guidelines for the System Stress Utility

PSS ID Number: 255687

Article Last Modified on 7/31/2001

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This article was previously published under Q255687


This article describes the support guidelines for the System Stress Utility for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000, which was first distributed to MSDN Professional and Universal subscribers in the January 2000 version, on disc 12 of the Development Platform English pack.

A brief overview of the System Stress Utility is on the CD-ROM under .\Docs\stressCD.html. There is no formal documentation. This tool is unsupported by Microsoft Technical Support, but you can e-mail bug reports to:


The System Stress Utility tests hardware under stress conditions. Most tests involve running the utility for 48 hours. The utility sets up kernel mode debugging in order to debug any hardware failures that happen during that time. If there are no crashes or "blue screens" during the 48 hours, the hardware "passes" the tests.


For related information, see the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs Web site at the following address:

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