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What directories and files should I see in the root (C:) of a fresh Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installation (including hidden files and directories)?

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Excluding the later additions I can reliably identify, here are the Directories I see:

$Recycle.Bin
Boot
Config.Msi [Possibly created by Office]
Documents and Settings [Junction point to Users directory below, as "dir /al" will show]
MSOCache [Possibly created by Office]
PerfLogs
Program Files
Program Files (x86)
ProgramData
Recovery
System Volume Information
Users
Windows

And the files:

BOOTSECT.BAK [Possibly created later and missing from a fresh install/at first boot]
bootmgr
hiberfil.sys [Possibly missing if hibernation is not enabled]
pagefile.sys
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This includes all hidden files correct? –  Lester Peabody Nov 1 '12 at 19:06
    
Yes it does, all hidden and system files/dirs. –  Karan Nov 1 '12 at 19:09
    
Thanks dude. Good reference material here. –  Lester Peabody Nov 1 '12 at 19:10
    
You're welcome. :) –  Karan Nov 1 '12 at 19:10
    
Note that the "Documents and Settings" entry is a junction pointing to c:\users, and not a directory. –  kreemoweet Nov 1 '12 at 19:24

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