C:\WINDOWS vs C:\WINNT

March 31, 2005 at 01:25:14
Specs: Win XP, Pent 4, 256Ram

I have a PC and a laptop. They both run XP. On the laptop in the folder C:\WINDOWS there are lots of files.
However, on the PC in the C:\WINDOWS there is only one folder (system32) with one file. The PC was upgraded from Win 2000 and has lots of files/folders in C:\WINNT
Can someone explain why this is? Is the XP upgrade not installed properly on the PC? It seams to work fine but annoying not knowing why there is a difference.
Thanks.



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#1
March 31, 2005 at 01:29:27

AFAIK,

The default directory for DOS based windows, 9x ME, is c:\windows and the default for NT based windows is c:\winnt

Wth an 'upgrade' all bets are off.


M2

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#2
March 31, 2005 at 06:12:45

With a clean windows XP install
you install to C:\windows (by default)

with an XP udgrade, by default, you install to the current Windows directory (which is WINNT with win 2000)

It is likely that the windows folder on your PC maybe is leftover from a previous install attempt that was aborted, or it may just be XP being a little odd. But since it's likely that you upgraded from 2000, and accepted all the default options - all the important files will be in C:\winnt rather than C:\ windows /*rambles on.... */


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#3
March 31, 2005 at 09:07:34

The default directory for DOS based windows, 9x ME, is c:\windows and the default for NT based windows is c:\winnt

Not true. The default directory for Windows 2000 is C:\WINNT. The default directory for XP is C:\WINDOWS.


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#4
March 31, 2005 at 12:23:51

yeah was puzzled at the dos vs. default path install myself as neither ME or XP are considered DOS based (neither have a true Dos prompt, rather simply a command prompt by default) and yet BOTH of these non-DOS based programs install default to c:\windows.

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#5
March 31, 2005 at 14:17:26

No they don't. Windows 2000 defaults to C:\WINNT

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#6
March 31, 2005 at 14:21:01

think you mis-understood. "both" was in reference to ME and XP which will default to C:\Windows. Yes you are correct, I know Windows 2000 will install default to C:\WINNT

Thanks.


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#7
March 31, 2005 at 15:08:26

oops, you're right. My bad.

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#8
April 1, 2005 at 22:40:28

But ME WAS dos based. It uses msdos.sys, io.sys and command.com. XP doesn't use those files.

Now how to explain the flip flop over windows vs winnt... got me on that one.


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#9
April 2, 2005 at 05:47:31

Slight correction...

XP doesn't use those files until you ask XP to create a bootable disk...

i_XpUser


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#10
April 2, 2005 at 18:11:25

maybe my info was bad, but I had hear that ME was the first windows system that got away from being a true dos system even though it supports dos based applications, and brings up a pseudo-dos command prompt.

More info about this can be found at this link: http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/winme/startup/page1.html


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#11
April 3, 2005 at 12:11:30

Michael,

ME was probably the first winders version for which M$ tried to pretend DOS wasn't there.

And [does life immitate art?] it's the last DOS based version.


M2

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