Sometimes while debugging you may come across a call stack that looks like this:
As a developer you should never debug without symbols for the OS. Every call stack in max contains modules from the OS. Without debug symbols the call stacks will be incomplete and debugging will become harder. For every stack frame that has no symbols, the debugger will insert an annoying message under it saying ‘Frames below may be incorrect and/or missing, no symbols loaded for <module>’. Missing symbols are so detrimental to debugging that the debugger may sometimes provide completely bogus names for stack frames.
There is a simple remedy to quickly, easily and simply getting individuals symbols for the operating system. If you want to get a whole bunch of symbols at once, then there are other ways to do that.
Just Right click and click on the module in the call stack and select ‘Load Symbols From’ > ‘Microsoft Symbol Servers’
This will download the symbol for the one selected module in your stack. Then all you then do is wait while Microsoft downloads a PDB to a known location on your computer. It will then rebuild your call stack for you and then you get this: