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The Windows XML Event Log (EVTX) format was introduces in [[Windows|Windows Vista]] as a replacement for the [[Windows Event Log (EVT)]] format.
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'''Windows''' is a widely-spread [[operating system]] from [[Microsoft]].
  
== Event Viewer ==
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There are 2 main branches of Windows:
On Windows the event logs can be managed with "Event Viewer" (eventvwr.msc) or "Windows Events Command Line Utility" (wevtutil.exe). Event Viewer can represent the EVTX files in both "general view" (or formatted view) and "details view" (which has both a "friendly view" and "XML view"). Note that the formatted view can hide significant event data that is stored in the event record and can be seen in the detailed view.
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* the DOS-branch: i.e. Windows 95, 98, ME
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* the NT-branch: i.e. Windows NT 4, XP, Vista
  
If you export an event log from Event Viewer additional "display information" can be exported. This display information is stored in a corresponding file named:
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== Features ==
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* Basic and Dynamic Disks, see: [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa363785(v=vs.85).aspx]
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=== Introduced in Windows NT ===
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* [[NTFS]]
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=== Introduced in Windows 2000 ===
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=== Introduced in Windows XP ===
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* [[Prefetch]]
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* System Restore (Restore Points); also present in Windows ME
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==== SP2 ====
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* Windows Firewall
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=== Introduced in Windows 2003 (Server) ===
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* Volume Shadow Copies
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=== Introduced in Windows Vista ===
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* [[BitLocker Disk Encryption | BitLocker]]
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* [[Windows Desktop Search | Search]] integrated in operating system
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* [[SuperFetch]]
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* [[NTFS|Transactional NTFS (TxF)]]
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* [[Windows NT Registry File (REGF)|Transactional Registry (TxR)]]
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* [[Windows Shadow Volumes|Shadow Volumes]]; the volume-based storage of the Volume Shadow Copy data
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* $Recycle.Bin
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* [[Windows XML Event Log (EVTX)]]
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* [[User Account Control (UAC)]]
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=== Introduced in Windows 2008 (Server) ===
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=== Introduced in Windows 7 ===
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* [[BitLocker Disk Encryption | BitLocker To Go]]
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* [[Jump Lists]]
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* [[Sticky Notes]]
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=== Introduced in Windows 8 ===
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* [[Windows Shadow Volumes | File History]]
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* [[Windows Storage Spaces | Storage Spaces]]
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* [[Resilient File System (ReFS)]]; server edition will likely be available in Windows Server 2012
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== Forensics ==
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=== Partition layout ===
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Default partition layout, first partition starts:
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* at sector 63 in Windows 2000, XP, 2003
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* at sector 2048 in Windows Vista, 2008, 7
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=== Filesystems ===
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* [[FAT]], [[FAT|exFAT]]
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* [[NTFS]]
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* [[Resilient File System (ReFS) | ReFS]]
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=== Recycle Bin ===
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==== RECYCLER ====
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Used by Windows 2000, XP.
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Uses INFO2 file.
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See: [http://www.cybersecurityinstitute.biz/downloads/INFO2.pdf]
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==== $RECYCLE.BIN ====
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Used by Windows Vista.
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Uses $I and $R files.
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See: [http://www.forensicfocus.com/downloads/forensic-analysis-vista-recycle-bin.pdf]
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=== Registry ===
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The [[Windows Registry]] is a database of keys and values that provides a wealth of information to forensic [[investigator]]s.
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=== Thumbs.db Files ===
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[[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]].
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See also: [[Vista thumbcache]].
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=== Browser Cache ===
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=== Browser History ===
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The [[Web Browser History]] files can contain significant information. The default [[Web browser|web browser]] that comes with Windows is [[Internet Explorer|Microsoft Internet Explorer]] but other common browsers on Windows are [[Apple Safari]], [[Google Chrome]], [[Mozilla Firefox]] and [[Opera]].
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=== Search ===
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See [[Windows Desktop Search]]
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=== Setup log files (setupapi.log) ===
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Windows Vista introduced several setup log files [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927521].
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=== Sleep/Hibernation ===
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After (at least) Windows 7 recovers from sleep/hibernation there often is a system time change event (event id 1) in the event logs.
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=== Users ===
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Windows stores a users Security identifiers (SIDs) under the following registry key:
 
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LocaleMetaData\%FILENAME%_%LCID%.MTA
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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
 
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</pre>
  
Where LCID is the "locale identifier" [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb964664.aspx].
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The %SID%\ProfileImagePath value should also contain the username.
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=== Windows Error Reporting (WER) ===
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As of Vista, for User Access Control (UAC) elevated applications WER reports can be found in:
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<pre>
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C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\
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</pre>
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As of Vista, for non-UAC elevated applications (LUA) WER reports can be found in:
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<pre>
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C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WER\
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</pre>
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Corresponding registry key:
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<pre>
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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting
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</pre>
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== Advanced Format (4KB Sector) Hard Drives ==
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Windows XP does not natively handle drives that use the new standard of 4KB sectors. For information on this, see [[Advanced Format]].
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== %SystemRoot% ==
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The actual value of %SystemRoot% is store in the following registry value:
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Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
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Value: SystemRoot
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</pre>
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
 
* [[Windows Event Log (EVT)]]
 
* [[Windows Event Log (EVT)]]
* [[Windows]]
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* [[Windows XML Event Log (EVTX)]]
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
=== File Format ===
 
* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc231282(v=prot.10).aspx EventLog Remoting Protocol Version 6.0 Specification], by [[Microsoft]]
 
* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc231354.aspx Simple BinXml Example], by [[Microsoft]]
 
* [http://computer.forensikblog.de/mt/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=3&tag=Evtx&limit=20 int for(ensic){blog;} - results tagged Evtx], by [[Andreas Schuster]]
 
* [http://www.dfrws.org/2007/proceedings/p65-schuster_pres.pdf Introducing the Microsoft Vista Event Log File Format], by [[Andreas Schuster]], in 2007
 
* [http://computer.forensikblog.de/en/2010/10/linking-event-messages-and-resource-dlls.html Linking Event Messages and Resource DLLs], by [[Andreas Schuster]], in 2010
 
* [https://googledrive.com/host/0B3fBvzttpiiSRnQ0SExzX3JjdFE/Windows%20XML%20Event%20Log%20(EVTX).pdf Windows XML Event Log (EVTX) format], by the [[libevtx|libevtx project]]
 
  
=== Event Identifiers ===
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows Wikipedia: Microsoft Windows]
* [http://eventid.net/ EventID.net]
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* [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927521 Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Vista setup log file locations]
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* [http://www.forensicfocus.com/downloads/forensic-analysis-vista-recycle-bin.pdf The Forensic Analysis of the Microsoft Windows Vista Recycle Bin], by [[Mitchell Machor]], 2008
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* [http://www.ericjhuber.com/2013/02/microsoft-file-system-tunneling.html?m=1 Microsoft Windows File System Tunneling], by [[Eric Huber]], February 24, 2013
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* [http://www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/app/Spotting_the_Adversary_with_Windows_Event_Log_Monitoring.pdf Spotting the Adversary with Windows Event Log Monitoring], by National Security Agency/Central Security Service, February 28, 2013
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=== Under the hood ===
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa366533(v=vs.85).aspx MSDN: Comparing Memory Allocation Methods], by [[Microsoft]]
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* [http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ntdebugging/archive/2007/06/28/how-windows-starts-up-part-the-second.aspx How Windows Starts Up (Part the second)]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa375142.aspx DLL/COM Redirection]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms682586(v=vs.85).aspx Dynamic-Link Library Search Order]
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* [http://blogs.msdn.com/b/junfeng/archive/2004/04/28/121871.aspx Image File Execution Options]
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=== Side-by-side (WinSxS) ===
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side-by-side_assembly Wikipedia: Side-by-side assembly]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa374224.aspx Assembly Searching Sequence]
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* [http://blogs.msdn.com/b/junfeng/archive/2007/06/26/rt-manifest-resource-and-isolation-aware-enabled.aspx RT_MANIFEST resource, and ISOLATION_AWARE_ENABLED]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd408052(v=vs.85).aspx Isolated Applications and Side-by-side Assemblies]
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* [http://blogs.msdn.com/b/junfeng/archive/2006/01/24/517221.aspx#531208 DotLocal (.local) Dll Redirection], by [[Junfeng Zhang]], January 24, 2006
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* [http://blogs.msdn.com/b/junfeng/archive/2006/04/14/576314.aspx Diagnosing SideBySide failures], by [[Junfeng Zhang]], April 14, 2006
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* [http://omnicognate.wordpress.com/2009/10/05/winsxs/ EVERYTHING YOU NEVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WINSXS]
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=== Application Compatibility Database ===
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* [http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd837644(v=ws.10).aspx Technet: Understanding Shims], by [[Microsoft]]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb432182(v=vs.85).aspx MSDN: Application Compatibility Database], by [[Microsoft]]
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* [http://www.alex-ionescu.com/?p=39 Secrets of the Application Compatilibity Database (SDB) – Part 1], by [[Alex Ionescu]], May 20, 2007
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* [http://www.alex-ionescu.com/?p=40 Secrets of the Application Compatilibity Database (SDB) – Part 2], by [[Alex Ionescu]], May 21, 2007
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* [http://fred.mandiant.com/Whitepaper_ShimCacheParser.pdf Leveraging the Application Compatibility Cache in Forensic Investigations], by [[Andrew Davis]], May 4, 2012
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=== System Restore (Restore Points) ===
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Restore Wikipedia: System Restore]
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* [http://www.stevebunting.org/udpd4n6/forensics/restorepoints.htm Restore Point Forensics], by [[Steve Bunting]]
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* [http://windowsir.blogspot.ch/2007/06/restore-point-analysis.html Restore Point Analysis], by [[Harlan Carvey]],  June 16, 2007
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* [http://windowsir.blogspot.ch/2006/10/restore-point-forensics.html Restore Point Forensics], by [[Harlan Carvey]], October 20, 2006
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* [http://www.ediscovery.co.nz/wip/srp.html System Restore Point Log Decoding]
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=== Crash dumps ===
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* [http://blogs.technet.com/b/yongrhee/archive/2010/12/29/drwtsn32-on-windows-vista-windows-server-2008-windows-7-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx Technet: Drwtsn32 on Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008/Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2], by Yong Rhee, December 29, 2010
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* [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315263 MSDN: How to read the small memory dump file that is created by Windows if a crash occurs], by [[Microsoft]]
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=== Windows Firewall ===
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Firewall Wikipedia: Windows Firewall]
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* [http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc737845(v=ws.10).aspx#BKMK_log Windows Firewall Tools and Settings]
  
=== Windows Vista/2008 ===
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=== Windows 32-bit on Windows 64-bit (WoW64) ===
* [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947226 Description of security events in Windows Vista and in Windows Server 2008]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WoW64 Wikipedia: WoW64]
  
=== Windows 7 ===
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=== Windows XP ===
* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee412263.aspx Core OS Events in Windows 7, Part 1]
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* [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q308549 Description of Windows XP System Information (Msinfo32.exe) Tool]
* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee358703.aspx Core Instrumentation Events in Windows 7, Part 2]
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== Tools ==
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=== Windows 8 ===
* [http://computer.forensikblog.de/files/evtx/Parse-Evtx-current.zip Evtx Parser]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_8 Features new to Windows 8], Wikipedia
* [[libevtx]]
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* [http://computerforensics.champlain.edu/blog/windows-8-forensics Windows 8 Forensics - part 1]
* [[log2timeline]]
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* [http://computerforensics.champlain.edu/blog/windows-8-forensics-part-2 Windows 8 Forensics - part 2]
* [http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749339.aspx wevtutil]
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* [http://computerforensics.champlain.edu/blog/windows-8-forensics-part-3 Windows 8 Forensics - part 3]
* [http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24659 LogParser]
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* [http://propellerheadforensics.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/thomson_windows-8-forensic-guide2.pdf Windows 8 Forensic Guide], by [[Amanda Thomson|Amanda C. F. Thomson]], 2012
* [http://www.williballenthin.com/evtx/ python-evtx]
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* [http://forensicfocus.com/Forums/viewtopic/t=9604/ Forensic Focus: Windows 8 Forensics - A First Look], [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhCooEz9FQs&feature=youtu.be Presentation], [http://www.forensicfocus.com/downloads/windows-8-forensics-josh-brunty.pdf Slides], by [[Josh Brunty]], August 2012
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* [http://dfstream.blogspot.ch/2013/03/windows-8-tracking-opened-photos.html Windows 8: Tracking Opened Photos], by [[Jason Hale]], March 8, 2013
  
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Windows is a widely-spread operating system from Microsoft.

There are 2 main branches of Windows:

  • the DOS-branch: i.e. Windows 95, 98, ME
  • the NT-branch: i.e. Windows NT 4, XP, Vista

Features

  • Basic and Dynamic Disks, see: [1]

Introduced in Windows NT

Introduced in Windows 2000

Introduced in Windows XP

  • Prefetch
  • System Restore (Restore Points); also present in Windows ME

SP2

  • Windows Firewall

Introduced in Windows 2003 (Server)

  • Volume Shadow Copies

Introduced in Windows Vista

Introduced in Windows 2008 (Server)

Introduced in Windows 7

Introduced in Windows 8

Forensics

Partition layout

Default partition layout, first partition starts:

  • at sector 63 in Windows 2000, XP, 2003
  • at sector 2048 in Windows Vista, 2008, 7

Filesystems

Recycle Bin

RECYCLER

Used by Windows 2000, XP. Uses INFO2 file.

See: [2]

$RECYCLE.BIN

Used by Windows Vista. Uses $I and $R files.

See: [3]

Registry

The Windows Registry is a database of keys and values that provides a wealth of information to forensic investigators.

Thumbs.db Files

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.

Browser Cache

Browser History

The Web Browser History files can contain significant information. The default web browser that comes with Windows is Microsoft Internet Explorer but other common browsers on Windows are Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.

Search

See Windows Desktop Search

Setup log files (setupapi.log)

Windows Vista introduced several setup log files [4].

Sleep/Hibernation

After (at least) Windows 7 recovers from sleep/hibernation there often is a system time change event (event id 1) in the event logs.

Users

Windows stores a users Security identifiers (SIDs) under the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

The %SID%\ProfileImagePath value should also contain the username.

Windows Error Reporting (WER)

As of Vista, for User Access Control (UAC) elevated applications WER reports can be found in:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\

As of Vista, for non-UAC elevated applications (LUA) WER reports can be found in:

C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WER\

Corresponding registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting

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.

%SystemRoot%

The actual value of %SystemRoot% is store in the following registry value:

Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
Value: SystemRoot

See Also

External Links

Under the hood

Side-by-side (WinSxS)

Application Compatibility Database

System Restore (Restore Points)

Crash dumps

Windows Firewall

Windows 32-bit on Windows 64-bit (WoW64)

Windows XP

Windows 8