mmohab mmohab - 15 days ago 4
C++ Question

Define conditional breakpoint for access violation

I want to setup a breakpoint in WinDbg if an access violation happens for a pointer. Is there a way to setup that breakpoint?


By default, WinDbg should already break on first and second chance exceptions of that type. If it doesn't, you must have made a different setting once and then saved that into a workspace which is now loaded. Typical candidate would be the user default workspace.

You can change the setting in Debug / Event Filters ... menu or with the commands

sxe av; *** Enable first chance and second chance exceptions (usually a good choice)
sxd av; *** Enable second chance exceptions
sxr; *** Reset all exception filters to default

Another option would be to delete the WinDbg workspaces Registry key at


while WinDbg is not running. Note that there might be several workspaces deleted. Don't do that if you have put effort in setting up your workspaces. However, in that case I doubt you would have forgotten about the accesss violation setting.