What is Windows Kernel (OS Kernel)?


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what is windows kernel?

Windows, as an operating system, relies on a key program called kernel that controls all the processes running on the system. The Windows kernel is the link between all the hardware and software components of your computer. The kernel usually loads after the bootloader and then controls and coordinates all the other start-up processes.You can think of the kernel connects as being your computer’s translator as it takes requests from software and then converts them into instructions for the CPU.

Here are some examples of tasks overseen by the kernel: the tool manages internal and external hardware devices, launches and ends processes, allocates memory, and more.

As long as the kernel works properly, your computer works as expected as well. However, when the kernel is affected by various technical issues, your computer becomes practically unusable and it displays various BSOD error codes.