What is prefetching?
During typical Windows system boot or application startup, the OS may open some pages from
one part of a file, then from another part of the same file, then pages are read from a different
file, then perhaps from a directory,
What is ESE?
Stands for "Extensible Storage Engine"
It is a sophisticated, transaction-based database engine used by many Microsoft apps and
ESE is a multi-user (typically a server application), Indexed Sequential Access Method (ISAM)
Readings: Inside the Registry
Stores info about tuning parameters, device configuration, and user preferences
Configuration manager- Kernel subsystem that implements the registry; creates root
keys, linking hives together to build the registry structure
Contains info about the hardware, user preferences, and config settings, program usage
Two views: Logical and physical
Logical: Made up of hierarchy of folders called keys
Five top level categories called hives
Viewed using r
Shadow Copy- General Info
Provides Windows with the ability to create "point-in-time" shapshots of volumes
"Shadow Copies" are bit-level differential backups of volumes, not a full backup or image
The term "Shadow Copy" refers to the source files (i.e. di
What are Jump Lists?
A means of quick and easy access, with very few mouse clicks, allowing users to "jump" directly
to those things they want to work with and start working with them in a single mouse click
A mini "Start Menu" for individual applications
When files/folders are "Deleted" by a user, they may or may not be sent to the Windows
Recycle Bin, depending on how the user deletes the file/folder
Files not sent to the Recycle Bin are "deleted"
Selecting a file/folder in Windows Ex
What is a Windows Shortcut file?
A small file on a Windows OS that contains a target Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) or
Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) to an "object" or the name of a target program file that the
shortcut represents (i.e. it's a point
Thumbnail Cache Basics
Thumbnail is a mini graphic that represents a larger graphic file
Windows explorer allows users to view the contents of folders in a variety of "views", on of
which is "Thumbnail View"
For every folder that a user views in Thumbnail
What is the Registry?
Centralized hierarchal configuration database and key component of all Windows OS versions
from 95 and later
Config info about the OS
Config info about software apps
Historical info about user, system, and app activity