An analyst is booting a tablet that has Windows 7 installed with media card reader. The boot process is currently working on the following step: WINLOGON.EXE displays the Windows Welcome screen What is the next step that will happen in the boot process?
- There are no more steps, the boot process is complete.
- WinLoad loads two files that make up the core of Windows: NTOSKRNL.EXE and HAL.DLL.
- WinLoad reads the registry files, chooses a hardware profile, and loads the device drivers.
- The Windows kernel takes over the boot process.
Explanation: Boot Sequence for Windows:
– Power on Self Test (POST)
– POST for each adapter card that has a BIOS
– BIOS reads the MBR
– MBR takes over control of the boot process and starts BOOTMGR
– BOOTMGR reads the Boot Configuration Data file to know which OS to load and where to find the OS on the boot partition
– BOOTMGR invokes WINLOAD.EXE in order to load the NTOSKRNL.EXE file and HAL.DLL
– BOOTMGR reads the registry files and loads device drivers
– NTOSKRNL.EXE starts the WINLOGON.EXE program and displays the Windows login screen
At this point, the NT kernel takes over. The NT kernel is the heart of all Windows operating systems. The name of this file is NTOSKRNL.EXE. It starts the login file called WINLOGON.EXE and displays the Windows Welcome screen.
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