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#1 munya

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 05:05 AM

does anyone out there know the startup files that are used to load the windows Operating System. by this i mean the .dll files, exe files .....anything.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 05:34 AM

Most are in the 'windows\system32\config' folder, but there are others, like Ntldr.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 09:44 AM

For your system the best bet would be to use a bootlogger to enumerate all the files that are loaded with your system.

Be advised that there is a whole heap of them - it's a major chore to sort through all of them and trace the dll's that they call.
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Posted 06 September 2006 - 03:25 PM

:thumbsup: RE the files that load on windows start up.
Get into startup menu on boot with F8 . . . not sure if its the same for all users (also through a dual-boot menu, or configured to appear via the System Configuration utility -per PC Magazines - Windows XP Solutions), and scroll up to option entitled "Enable Boot Logging" highlight it and return. It will leave a log in the Windows folder called "ntbtlog.txt" with a long list of . . . whatever e.g
Service Pack 2 8 30 2006 17:51:25.500
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\KDCOM.DLL
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\BOOTVID.dll
Loaded driver ACPI.sys
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\WMILIB.SYS
Loaded driver pci.sys
and many many more

Nothing but drivers.

There is a prefetch folder at C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch containing some familiar program names followed gy a bunch of number extension .pf with is "Prefetch (also called Scenario) File (Microsoft)"
This may be one of the folders which contain files determined frequently used on start up and "prfetched to decrease boot time.
As far as if any other programs appear , run, disappear into the nethesphere of space I am totally ignorant.
There is one more place to look which is the the Computer Mnagemnet window under "Services." Lists system services and gives the status of the program as started or . . . " " blank.

I'm stepping deeper than my thin layer of knowledge about this, so I'll put a sock in it.
Hope this helps a little

Regards. Durden

Edited by TDurden1937, 06 September 2006 - 04:03 PM.


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Posted 06 September 2006 - 04:07 PM

What is it that you are trying to do? Maybe we can help you accomplish it.

The files that are loaded are in a specific order and are different depending on where in the boot sequence Windows is at.

The following may answer your question:
WINDOWS XP BOOT SEQUENCE
http://www.compphix.com/xpbootprocess.html

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:21 AM

Nice link Enthusiast! Thanks!
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