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Kernel, O/S & Registry

Discussion in 'Scripting & Programming' started by billybhoy32, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. billybhoy32

    billybhoy32 New Member

    Can anyone give me a good analogy of how the kernal, os and registry interact and combine ?

    Any good websites would be appreciated.

  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    Analogy? No - and this can be a very complex question. The answer to which depends on context.

    The OS is the software that makes the hardware available to users. It comprises a whole lot of things, but the most important is the Kernel, which is the core of the OS that does most of the work.

    In Windows (only) the Registry is a database that contains most of the configuration for the OS and its applications.

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  3. billybhoy32

    billybhoy32 New Member

    thanks H if you have sites that would help - would appreciated.
  4. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    Its called the kernel because its a 'Nut' analogy where the 'kernel' it the centre of a Nut.

    The kernel is therefore the 'core' of the os, its typically deals with task scheduling and prioritisation, as well as managing memory and file access etc.


    The Registry is a windows specific heirachical database used to store configuration data for the OS and other things.

    The OS is a collection of programs that work together to provide essential system services like, Network IO, Disk IO, Multitasking, Memory Management etc. Nowabdays it often includes many higher level services and applications, ultimately its down to the OS designer / vendor.

    Look on Google or Wikipedia...
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