Kernel in Windows® 7
Are you curious to know about the role and architecture of Kernel in Windows 7 operating system?
An operating system's kernel is a core part of the system that manages the computer's resources and can be symbolically called as the heart of the system components. The kernel is the central component of most computer operating systems and it is a bridge between applications and the actual data processing done at the hardware level. It is responsible for managing the system's resources as well as the communication between hardware and software components. Operating system tasks are done differently by different kernels, according to their design and implementation. Generally monolithic kernels execute all the operating system code in the same address space to increase the performance of the system while micro kernels run most of the operating system services in user space as servers, aiming to improve maintainability and modularity of the operating system.
Following are the features, role and architecture of kernel in Windows 7 operating system:
The kernel used in Windows 7 operating system is of the 6.1 version which is highly advanced in its functionality. The compatibility of the kernel is wide as it can work with almost all the standard components. The architecture of the kernel is made with a lot of flexibility and compatibility. The Windows 7 kernel has already proved its compatible operations through the record of minimum troubles.
In Windows 7 operating system, most of the kernel functions call to their corresponding functions in kernelbase.dll, and the kernelbase.dll is the one that makes the calls to ntdll.dll. The compatibility and efficiency of Windows 7 kernel is of superior class. The role played by the kernel is very big in Windows 7 as there is a complex system of hardware and their assembling.
Windows 7 establishes a new set of dll files containing exported functions of many well-known WIN32 APIs. All these filenames begins with 'api-ms-win-core' prefix, followed by the category name of the function. In addition to the new API-MS-Win-Core dll files there are other new dll: kernelbase.dll and in previous versions of Windows, most of the kernel32 functions called to their corresponding functions in ntdll.dll.
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