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[SDP 3][3fc3cd2a-d297-4e37-a501-35cf7303e436] Time Travel Tracing Diagnostic

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This diagnostic can be used to collect time time travel traces of given processes so that the traces will be analyzed by Microsoft Support for troubleshooting purposes. It is designed to upload trace files up to 2 GB after compression.

This article provides details on the data collected by the Time Travel Tracing diagnostic.

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Note The diagnostic that is described in this article can be used in the following versions of Windows:
  • Windows 8, Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
  • Windows XP

Sufficent privileges are required for time travel tracing. You may have to start a user application process by using the Run As Administrator option before you can run the diagnostic. The background tracing option might also be of consideration.

When you run the Time Travel Tracing diagnostic, you are prompted to select from among the following tracing options:
  • Select one or more processes from a list of currently running applications on your computer.
  • Select one or more processes by entering the name of the program.
  • Select one or more processes by entering the name of a matching module that the program loaded.
  • Define one program that will be traced after it starts.

ttt diagnostic choice prompt

If you enter the name of a program, you are prompted to do the following:

  • Trace currently running applications
  • Start a trace when the application starts

ttt diagnostic tracing mode selection

For a supplied program name, you are prompted to select which process to trace if several instances are currently running.

ttt diagnostic multiple instances

Next, select the specific options that you want. The current options are as follows.

ttt diagnostic tracing options selection

The Tracing Options dialog box provides the following similar options:
  • Set a timer for tracing.
  • Set a maximum size of trace file.
  • Trace to a ring buffer.
  • Run a non-interactive or background trace.
  • Trace through the children processes.

ttt diagnostic UI for common options

When you run this diagnostic, the collected traces are automatically compressed and uploaded to Microsoft Support. A total size of up to 2 GB can be uploaded.

If the results files are larger than 2 GB after compression, some of the files will not be uploaded. Instead, they will be left on your system. In this case, you must contact a support agent to ask for an alternative way to upload the remaining collected information.

Information collected

The following data may be collected by the Time Travel Tracing diagnostic that is run by the Microsoft Support Diagnostic tyool.

Because the .run files are typically large (usually more than 100 MB), the diagnostic may take several minutes to complete.
General information
DescriptionFile Name
Basic System Information including machine name,
operating system name and service pack, computer model,
processor architecture and speed.
Time Travel Tracing (iDNA) Output
DescriptionFile Name
Text file containing a list of the .zip files generated by the diagnostic.
The .zip filenames and parent folder location are provided.
The size of each file and the total size of all files are shown.
{Computername} _TracesFile_Information.txt
OUT file containing information on collecting the trace in {ProcessName} Where XY is 01, 02, …, depending the number of instances of {ProcessName} being traced at the same time.

The location and name of the uncompressed .run file is listed in the file.
RUN file of the trace. {ProcessName} corresponds to the process {ProcessName}, XY is 01, 02, …, depending the number of instances of ProcessName being traced at the same time.

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For more information about the diagnostic tool and troubleshooting process, click the following article numbers to go to the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
973559 - Frequently asked questions about the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT) when it is used with Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

2598970 Information about Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services and Support Diagnostic Platform

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Article ID : 2716889
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Created on : 1/7/2017
Published on : 6/4/2013
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