Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetOther - Computers · 1 decade ago

Does Windows have a kernel?

Or something analogous to one?

9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    First, lets explain what Kernel is...

    Kernel is the core piece of most OS (Operating Syste). Its a software that is responsible for connecting / enabling communication between both hardware and software.

    Some OS's have a Kernel, while others don't.

    In most OS's, the Kernel starts with the start of the boot loader.

    Regarding Windows, and whether it has a Kernel or not, there are several Kernel files in the System32 directory. Here is a small list:





    This is the Microsoft search result for Kernel:

    Kernel Enhancements for Windows XP:

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    Delete Kernel32.dll from your windows/system32 directory and let me know how that works out for you.

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    If you attempt to delete the Kernel32.dll in Windows 98, when Windows starts, it will state that it cannot run due to the following missing files. This is normally in GUI (Graphical User Interface) screen.

    In Windows 2000 / XP / 2003, I haven't tried this specific file, but normally, when the 'ntoskrnl.exe' goes missing or is corrupt, Windows doesn't load and you are in a DOS Mode screen indicatingthat the file is missing and that Windows cannot load.

    You normally had to boot from the Windows CD, choose repair, and place the file in directory again. This is normally a DOS command screen. To restore the file, you had to type in the following command:

    copy d:\ i386\ ntoskrnl.ex_ c:\ windows\ sysytem32\ ntoskrnl.exe

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    d: is your install source [the CD]

    What this command does is that it opens the i386 directory on the CD and copies the ntoskrnl.ex_ to the Windows System32 directory and renames it from ntoskrnl.ex_ to ntoskrnl.exe

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Every windows has kernel . It is named kernel32 , and can be found in windows/system32 . If you damage this file or gets erased by a virus , your system will crash . It happened to me several times . Microsoft has some security updates for the kernel vulneralibility . Here is a link to read about the security gaps . And remember update your anti-virus every week , it`s the only way you can keep your system clean :)

  • Caus
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago


    yep, looks like a kernel to me

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    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    windows dont have a kernel.. but or computer does it is your processor

  • Bryan
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Delete Kernel32.dll from your windows/system32 directory and let me know how that works out for you.

  • 1 decade ago


    It is the "krnl386.exe" file, located in the C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder.

    And some more smaller files that belongs to it.

  • Bors
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    of course

  • 1 decade ago

    yes it does

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