I am using a Vista but I would like the answer for XP, Vista and Windows 7.
I am writing a program where I want to count the Important or Essential files of the Windows PC. It looks like the Essential files would be located somewhere in C:/Windows and after some research I found that some Essential files are located in C:/Windows/winsxs.
What and where are the Essential files for a Windows PC? Is there a folder or set of folders that contain the essential files? Are all the files in C:/Windows/winsxs Essential?
Essential Definition: Absolutely necessary; extremely important; Edit: Files that should generally not be messed with, changed or removed; The files that make up basic Windows OS functions and are not related to the users Programs or Documents.