List of system files on system root

Posted on 2013-06-25
Last Modified: 2013-06-29
I need a list of system files on Windows system root, e.g c:\ for all Windows operating systems.
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it depends on the version of your Windows. please provide the specific version.

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Tonypeswani earned 80 total points
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Please refer this URL.


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bbao: please read my question again, it clearly states "all" windows operating systems.

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by:Vijay Pratap Singh
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You need to enable show hidden files and system files option menu.
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I know, but a definite list would be better then logging on and checking all the different os's. For all I know, the list of files might not be the same for all service pack versions or states that a server or client is in.
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Service pack's won't change the list of files in the system root just in the %windir%

The link provided shows up to Windows XP
for Vista and Above
c:\bootmgr.exe (replaces ntldr)
Documents and Settings [junction]
optional files
$system volume information
c:\program files
c:\program files (x86)  for 64 bit o/s's
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it's impossible, as different Windows OSes have different system files at root though most of them are similar.

for example, BOOTMGR is only available for OSes Windows Vista, 7 and 8. BOOTFONT.BIN is only for east asian versions of Windows. you can't see these files on an English version of XP.

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A complete list of all system files that reside on the system root for all Windows operating systems would be a long list of different file names that do not directly apply to one OS version. Can't see how that is impossible :)
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 260 total points
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We've only covered the Windows NT based Windows Operating Systems.. and they are always the same on the basic installation.. On Servers once you start adding roles and services the list grows i.e. adding the IIS role you then get the inetpub directory.

For the dos file systems you only had io.sys,msdos.sys and optionally config.sys and autoexec.bat and the only subdirectory was DOS (on a full install and you could change that to any name you wanted on install) and you could then configure to be in a subdirectory, by adding it to the path

The basic files that are mandatory you've already been given.

Yes bootmgr is the same filename but with different contents for Windows 6.0 and greater.  The server versions >6.0 are based on the previous client operating system. You asked for the filenames and subdirectories in the root. The master boot record is very similar
windows nt < 6 use ntldr  >6 use bootmgr .. the filename may remain the same but the contents of the file are different.  I have the ENGLISH versions of every operating system produced by microsoft in virtual machines and have owned every operating system from msdos 1.0 so I can assure you that for the en-us versions the filenames followed a pattern and it was always the same file names though the contents were different and io.sys/msdos.sys would baulk if you had the wrong version of in the root directory.  

As an aside, I've had to replace that file numerous times since idle people would get curious and take a look at it in their word processor see apparently random characters and then close the file (and save it) and then their machine would be down. Many employees gave me a tip to not tell the employer what they had done. Every employee in some companies did the same thing so it was easy money for me to replace the damaged  Guaranteed two service calls a week for some large companies at the relatively high price of $20/hour.

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