files with \??\c:\Windows\... in CBS.log

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by ANew, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. ANew

    ANew Guest

    Hi this is my first post.I have looked into CBS.log and found a lot of files which start with \??\c:\windows...What \??\c: stands for? I can not find this files anywhere on the disk.Thank you for your reply.


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    ANew, Oct 24, 2009
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  2. You can ignore the initial "\\??\" part of the file name. Just look for
    the "C:\<whatever>" portion.

    Internally, Windows has a much larger hierarchy of objects than what you
    normally see in the file system. The "normal" file system is just one
    branch off this overall object namespace; and in the Windows kernel is
    marked with the prefix \\??. Normally you don't need to worry about this
    larger namespace, unless you are a programmer etc. But occasionally,
    small glimpses of Windows' internal architecture peek through into the
    normal user world (such as in system logs etc).

    Hope this helps,

    Andrew
     
    Andrew McLaren, Oct 24, 2009
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  3. ANew

    ANew Guest

    Hmmm,&nbsp;they&nbsp;are not consistent.For example, in CBS.log i see directory \\??\C:\Windows\MSN\and there is no directory c:\Windows\MSN when i look at explorer.There are number of other discrepancies between files listed in in logand files i see in c:\.Is there a way to see all files?


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