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Windows 7: C root folder no system files (but everything works)

12 Aug 2014   #1
gabriolinari

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
C root folder no system files (but everything works)

hi

just a curious question... on my Dell work laptop, i don't have any system files on the root of C, like io.sys, etc, and this is on a Win 7 Pro 64bit installed from a "system repair Dell DVD".

On my home pc instead where i have win 7 Ultimate 64bit, i do have some files on C's root.

having said that everything works fine.. just curious, where are those system files?

or it depends by how the installation was made?

tnx


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12 Aug 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Is the work PC set to show hidden and operating system files from tools/folder options/view menu in Explorer?

With that enabled on my Home Premium installation, I show 8 items, but not io.sys.
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12 Aug 2014   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The only files that are actually needed in the rot of the Windows drive are bootmgr, pagefile.sys, and hiberfil.sys (if hibernation is enabled). All of these are system files and hidden by default. io.sys, autoexec.bat, config.sys, and msdos.sys are obsolete and haven't been used by Windows since Windows ME (released in 2000). They are also hidden by default and on a work PC they may not even exist.
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12 Aug 2014   #4
gabriolinari

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Is the work PC set to show hidden and operating system files from tools/folder options/view menu in Explorer?

With that enabled on my Home Premium installation, I show 8 items, but not io.sys.
it's all enabled and all files show. could it have something to do with the 100 mb partition thingie? on my home PC I got rid of it...
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12 Aug 2014   #5
gabriolinari

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
The only files that are actually needed in the rot of the Windows drive are bootmgr, pagefile.sys, and hiberfil.sys (if hibernation is enabled). All of these are system files and hidden by default. io.sys, autoexec.bat, config.sys, and msdos.sys are obsolete and haven't been used by Windows since Windows ME (released in 2000). They are also hidden by default and on a work PC they may not even exist.
you're absolutely right, I meant files like that and the like...in fact those you mentioned are those I have on my home PC.
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14 Aug 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

Why did you get rid of the System Reserved partition? There is no reason to have or not have it but if it is issued during install it is a lot of trouble to remove and there is absolutely no point in doing so that I've ever seen.

Best to post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image so we can see how its configured now as often it is not correct.
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14 Aug 2014   #7
gabriolinari

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

well I didn't like 100 mb gone, it perfectly works, if I'm not wrong I followed tutorial of Brink here

ill post a cap of the work PC anyway...maybe just a different installation path?
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26 Aug 2014   #8
gabriolinari

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

so this is a screen cap of the mysterious laptop without bootmgr on C:\

i've searched it and it seems to be in C:\Windows\Boot\EFI AND also C:\Windows\Boot\PCAT - not familar with these directories though

btw it's SSD drive


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26 Aug 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

It's configured correctly and being booted by System Reserved as signified by the System flag there.

I would move the Paging File to C to have all System Files onboard C and so that Data partition is only a data vault ready and waiting in case you need to reimage irreparable Win7 to C.

Virtual Memory Paging File - Change Turn it off and turn it back on for C.
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