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What computer file contains windows kernel?

is it seen in task manager process list?

if not, why?

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Are you doing homework? – Daniel Beck Jan 12 '12 at 15:58
You need to leave out the space between the @ and the name, otherwise notifications don't work. Like this: @DanielBeck – slhck Jan 12 '12 at 16:32
I was just wondering. Your question could have been copied straight from a homework assignment of a computer class the way it's worded. // Regarding notifications, just check whether it autocompletes after typing e.g. @D // Thanks for the ping @slhck – Daniel Beck Jan 12 '12 at 16:35
The kernel is not in the process list because it is not a process. (By way of dodgy analogy, when hosting a party you don't usually put yourself on the guest list.) – Harry Johnston Jan 13 '12 at 2:39
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What you're looking for in modern versions of Windows is ntoskrnl.exe. I don't believe it shows up in Task Manager as a running process, though.

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Or ntkrnlpa.exe if PAE is enabled. :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jan 12 '12 at 16:24
@techie007 - I learned something here today, thanks! – Shinrai Jan 12 '12 at 17:16
It indeed does not show up as a process, because it isn't. Processes, as shown in Task Manager, are running in "user space" as opposed to "kernel space". Naturally, the kernel itself runs in kernel space. – MSalters Jan 13 '12 at 12:41

The Windows Kernel is not just a single file. It's the core of the operating system, and relies on several files in order to function. It is not seen as a task in the task manager... because it is what organizes those tasks.

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The kernel is the first code that is executed at the boot time .The bios or the bootloader does the task of loading the kernel files of the operating system present in the boot directory of the disk space where the Windows/Linux is present. To check where it is present in your windows system, you can go to C drive (considering it where your windows OS is present). Then double click the Windows directory in C drive. Double click the boot directory. This is where kernel code of your Windows OS present.

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There is no boot directory on Windows 7. – DavidPostill Mar 16 at 15:45

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