files with \??\c:\Windows\... in CBS.log

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  1. ANew

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    Hi this is my first post.

    I have looked into CBS.log and found a lot of files which start with \??\c:\windows...

    What \??\c: stands for? I can not find this files anywhere on the disk.

    Thank you for your reply.
     
    ANew, Oct 23, 2009
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    You can ignore the initial "\\??\" part of the file name. Just look for
    the "C:\<whatever>" portion.

    Internally, Windows has a much larger hierarchy of objects than what you
    normally see in the file system. The "normal" file system is just one
    branch off this overall object namespace; and in the Windows kernel is
    marked with the prefix \\??. Normally you don't need to worry about this
    larger namespace, unless you are a programmer etc. But occasionally,
    small glimpses of Windows' internal architecture peek through into the
    normal user world (such as in system logs etc).

    Hope this helps,

    Andrew
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    amclar at optusnet do com dot au
     
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    Hmmm,theyare not consistent.

    For example, in CBS.log i see directory \\??\C:\Windows\MSN\

    and there is no directory c:\Windows\MSN when i look at explorer.

    There are number of other discrepancies between files listed in in log

    and files i see in c:\.

    Is there a way to see all files?
     
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