Updated: November 30, 2007
Applies To: Windows Server 2008
Windows initialization is the startup routine by which bootup information on the drive is accessed by invoking processes and calling services in order for the computer to be properly configured for an operational state.
The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:
Windows shutdown is the process whereby the operating system, in response to a user action or scripted command, terminates applications, processes, and services in the proper order to switch off the computer.
Windows startup availability checks whether the system is able access the boot sector on the system disk. This boot sector, which can be managed either by the basic input/output system (BIOS) or Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), then loads the rest of the boot blocks. The boot sector loads the Windows Boot Manager, which accesses the Boot Configuration Data store and uses the information to run all of the processes and services required to start the operating system after the computer is switched on.