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MS Symbol server no longer contains older PDBs and binaries

Ladislav_ZezulaLadislav_Zezula Member - All Emails Posts: 65

I wonder if someone from Microsoft could answer this.
Is there a way to download older symbols and original binaries from MS symbol server?
Like the ones from Windows XP?

Thanks in advance.

More info
It seems that some time ago (not exactly sure when), Microsoft decided to cleanup the symbol server store. Since then, older symbols seem to be no more there and the files have changed names, because they are no longer compressed (or they seem to be, at least).

===== OLD STRUCTURE ====
Files were stored compressed, as CAB files.
Example: calc.exe 5.1.2600.0 from vanilla Windows XP
That file is no longer available. The same applies to e.g. kernel32.pdb (.pd_, respectively)

===== NEW STRUCTURE ====
Files are stored in plain (uncompressed) form, be it EXE or PDB.
Example: calc.exe v (x64)
Remote path is:
Can download OK, e.g. with wget.


  • rod_widdowsonrod_widdowson Member - All Emails Posts: 1,090

    I cannot help you directly, but my observation of the PR and Issue logs shows that the doc guys are currently the best way to get a dev to listen to a real issue.

    Occassionally an MS dev will jump in here, and they are always appreciated, but failing a response, you might want to to raise a suitably worded issue on the appropriate page or directly in github

    Just a thought

  • Peter_Viscarola_(OSR)Peter_Viscarola_(OSR) Administrator Posts: 7,578

    Hi Mr. Zezula!

    @aluhrs is the PM for WinDbg, and is a member here. Very helpful guy. If we don’t get his attention by more conventional ways, I’ll ping him directly.

    BTW, I definitely do see XP SP 3 symbols on the symbol server. Or, at least I did earlier this week. What are you itmseeing, specifically?


    Peter Viscarola

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