A. Symbol files are produced by the linker when a program is built, and are used to resolve global variables and function names in an executable.

  1. Create a directory on your machine called SYMBOLS
    mkdir c:\winnt\symbols
  2. Copy over the symbols from the NT installation CD ROM
    xcopy <CD-ROM>:\Support\Debug\i386 c:\winnt\symbols /s
  3. If you have any service pack symbols you should extract these to the same directory, e.g. for Service Pack 2
    SYM_400I -d c:\winnt\symbols

For more information see Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q148659