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This is the list of Training Providers, who offer training courses of interest to practitioners and researchers in the field of Digital Forensics.  Conferences which may include training are located on the [[Upcoming_events]] page. 
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'''Windows''' is a widely-spread [[operating system]] from [[Microsoft]].
Some training providers offer on-going training courses that are available in an on-line "any time" format. Others have regularly scheduled training that is the same time each month.  Others have recurring training but are scheduled at various times throughout the year. Providers training courses should be listed in alphabetical order, and should be listed in the appropriate section.  Non-Commercial training is typically offered by governmental agencies or organizations that directly support law enforcement.  Tool Vendor training is training offered directly by a specific tool vendor, which may apply broadly, but generally is oriented to the vendor's specific tool (or tool suite).  Commercial Training is training offered by commercial companies which may or may not be oriented to a specific tool/tool suite, but is offered by a company other than a tool vendor.
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<i>Some training opportunities may be <u>limited</u> to <b>Law Enforcement Only</b> or to a specific audience.  Such restrictions should be noted when known.</i>
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There are 2 main branches of Windows:
== On-going / Continuous Training ==
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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
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! DISTANCE LEARNING
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|Basic Computer Examiner Course - Computer Forensic Training Online
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|Distance Learning Format
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|http://www.cftco.com
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|Linux Data Forensics Training
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|Distance Learning Format
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|http://www.crazytrain.com/training.html
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|SANS On-Demand Training
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|Distance Learning Format
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|http://www.sans.org/ondemand/?portal=69456f95660ade45be29c00b0c14aea1
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|Champlain College - CCE Course
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|Online / Distance Learning Format
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|http://extra.champlain.edu/cps/wdc/alliances/cce/landing/
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|Las Positas College
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|Online Computer Forensics Courses
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|http://www.laspositascollege.edu
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!RECURRING TRAINING
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|MaresWare Suite Training
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|First full week every month<br>Atlanta, GA
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|http://www.maresware.com/maresware/training/maresware.htm
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|Evidence Recovery for Windows Vista&trade;
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|First full week every month<br>Brunswick, GA
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|http://www.internetcrimes.net
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|Evidence Recovery for Windows Server&reg; 2003 R2
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|Second full week every month<br>Brunswick, GA
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|http://www.internetcrimes.net
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|Evidence Recovery for the Windows XP&trade; operating system
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|Third full week every month<br>Brunswick, GA
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|http://www.internetcrimes.net
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|Computer Forensics Training and CCE&trade; Testing for Litigation Support Professionals
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|Third weekend of every month(Fri-Mon)<br>Dallas, TX
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|http://www.md5group.com
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==NON-COMMERCIAL TRAINING==
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|Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA)
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|http://www.dc3.mil/dcita/dcitaAbout.php
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|Limited To Certain Roles within US Government Agencies[http://www.dc3.mil/dcita/dcitaRegistration.php (1)]
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|Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
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|http://www.fletc.gov/training/programs/technical-operations-division
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|Limited To Law Enforcement
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|MSU National Forensics Training Center
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|http://www.security.cse.msstate.edu/ftc
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|Limited To Law Enforcement
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|IACIS
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|http://www.iacis.com/training/course_listings
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|Limited To Law Enforcement and Affiliate Members of IACIS
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|SEARCH
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|http://www.search.org/programs/hightech/courses/
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|Limited To Law Enforcement
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|National White Collar Crime Center
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|http://www.nw3c.org/ocr/courses_desc.cfm
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|Limited To Law Enforcement
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==TOOL VENDOR TRAINING==
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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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|AccessData (Forensic Tool Kit FTK)
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|http://www.accessdata.com/courses.html
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|ASR Data (SMART)
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|http://www.asrdata.com/training/
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|BlackBag Technologies (Macintosh Forensic Suite and MacQuisition Boot Disk)
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|http://www.blackbagtech.com/training/forensics/
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|Cellebrite (UFED)
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|http://www.forwarddiscovery.com
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|CPR Tools (Data Recovery)
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|http://www.cprtools.net/training.php
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|e-fense, Inc. (Helix3 Pro)
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|http://www.e-fense.com/training/index.php
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|Guidance Software (EnCase)
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|http://www.guidancesoftware.com/computer-forensics-training-courses.htm
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|Micro Systemation (XRY)
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|http://www.msab.com/training/
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|Nuix (eDiscovery)
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|http://www.nuix.com.au/eDiscovery.asp?active_page_id=147
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|Paraben (Paraben Suite)
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|http://www.paraben-training.com/training.html
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|Software Analysis & Forensic Engineering (CodeSuite)
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|http://www.safe-corp.biz/training.htm
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|Technology Pathways(ProDiscover)
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|http://www.techpathways.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=6&tabid=9
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|SubRosaSoft (MacForensicsLab)
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|http://www.macforensicslab.com/ProductsAndServices/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2
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|WetStone Technologies (Gargoyle, Stego Suite, LiveWire Investigator)
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|https://www.wetstonetech.com/trainings.html
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|X-Ways Forensics (X-Ways Forensics)
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|http://www.x-ways.net/training/
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==COMMERCIAL TRAINING==
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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]]
|Computer Forensic Training Center Online (CFTCO)
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* System Restore (Restore Points); also present in Windows ME
|http://www.cftco.com/
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==== SP2 ====
|CCE Bootcamp
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* Windows Firewall
|http://www.cce-bootcamp.com/
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=== Introduced in Windows 2003 (Server) ===
|Dera Forensics Group
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* Volume Shadow Copies
|http://www.deraforensicgroup.com/courses.htm
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=== Introduced in Windows Vista ===
|e-fense Training
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* [[BitLocker Disk Encryption | BitLocker]]
|http://www.e-fense.com/training/index.php
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* [[Windows Desktop Search | Search]] integrated in operating system
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* [[SuperFetch]]
|Forward Discovery, Inc.
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* [[NTFS|Transactional NTFS (TxF)]]
|http://www.forwarddiscovery.com
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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
|Hoffmann Advanced Forensic Sessions
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* $Recycle.Bin
|http://en.hoffmannbv.nl/index.cfm/t/Hoffmann_Advanced_Forensic_Sessions/vid/990B3B29-FD6A-6F79-58B3C841381DB7AF
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* [[Windows XML Event Log (EVTX)]]
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* [[User Account Control (UAC)]]
|H-11 Digital Forensics
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|http://www.h11-digital-forensics.com/training/viewclasses.php
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=== Introduced in Windows 2008 (Server) ===
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|High Tech Crime Institute
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=== Introduced in Windows 7 ===
|http://www.gohtci.com
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* [[BitLocker Disk Encryption | BitLocker To Go]]
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* [[Jump Lists]]
|Infosec Institute
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* [[Sticky Notes]]
|http://www.infosecinstitute.com/courses/security_training_courses.html
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=== Introduced in Windows 8 ===
|ManTech Computer Security Training
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* [[Windows Shadow Volumes | File History]]
|http://www.mantech.com/capabilities/comptraining.asp
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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
|Mobile Forensics, Inc
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|http://mobileforensicsinc.com/
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== Forensics ==
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|NTI (an Armor Forensics Company)
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=== Partition layout ===
|http://www.forensics-intl.com/training.html
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Default partition layout, first partition starts:
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* at sector 63 in Windows 2000, XP, 2003
|Security University
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* at sector 2048 in Windows Vista, 2008, 7
|http://www.securityuniversity.net/classes.php
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=== Filesystems ===
|Steganography Analysis and Research Center (SARC)
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* [[FAT]], [[FAT|exFAT]]
|http://www.sarc-wv.com/training.aspx
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* [[NTFS]]
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* [[Resilient File System (ReFS) | ReFS]]
|SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security Institute (SANS)
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|http://computer-forensics.sans.org/course/
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=== Recycle Bin ===
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|<s>Vigilar</s>Company Re-organization - Intense School closed
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==== RECYCLER ====
|<s>www.vigilar.com/training/</s> http://www.ashimmy.com/2009/12/message-from-barry-on-intense-school.html
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Used by Windows 2000, XP.
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Uses INFO2 file.
|Zeidman Consulting (MCLE)
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|http://www.zeidmanconsulting.com/speaking.htm
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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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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
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The %SID%\ProfileImagePath value should also contain the username.
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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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== See Also ==
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* [[Windows Event Log (EVT)]]
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* [[Windows XML Event Log (EVTX)]]
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== External Links ==
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows Wikipedia: Microsoft Windows]
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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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=== 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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=== 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]
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=== Windows 32-bit on Windows 64-bit (WoW64) ===
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WoW64 Wikipedia: WoW64]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa384253(v=vs.85).aspx Registry Keys Affected by WOW64], by [[Microsoft]]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa384232(VS.85).aspx Registry Redirector], by [[Microsoft]]
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=== Windows XP ===
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* [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q308549 Description of Windows XP System Information (Msinfo32.exe) Tool]
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=== Windows 8 ===
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_8 Features new to Windows 8], Wikipedia
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* [http://computerforensics.champlain.edu/blog/windows-8-forensics Windows 8 Forensics - part 1]
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* [http://computerforensics.champlain.edu/blog/windows-8-forensics-part-2 Windows 8 Forensics - part 2]
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* [http://computerforensics.champlain.edu/blog/windows-8-forensics-part-3 Windows 8 Forensics - part 3]
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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
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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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[[Category:Operating systems]]

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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.

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)

Windows Firewall

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

Windows XP

Windows 8