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Windows is a widely-spread operating system from Microsoft.
Features in Windows Vista
Features in Windows 7
The Windows Registry is a database of keys and values that provides a wealth of information to forensic investigators.
Thumbs.db files can be found on many Windows systems. They contain thumbnails of images or documents and can be of great value for the investigator.
See also: Vista thumbcache.
The Web Browser History files can contain significant information. On Windows this is Internet Explorer by default.
Advanced Format (4KB Sector) Hard Drives
Windows XP does not natively handle drives that use the new standard of 4KB sectors. For information on this, see Advanced Format.