What is ntoskrnl.exe?
Microsoft Windows file that should be located in the C:\Windows\System32 directory or C:\Windows directory.
Is ntoskrnl.exe safe?
How do I prevent ntoskrnl.exe from loading?
The ntoskrnl.exe process is part of Microsoft Windows and should not be deleted or prevented from loading each time Windows loads. Doing so could cause errors or Windows to stop working.
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Where can I download ntoskrnl.exe?
Because the ntoskrnl.exe file is a Windows Operating System file it is not recommend you download this file from any website. If this file is missing, it is likely other Windows related files are also missing, we suggest re-installing Windows to make sure your issue is correctly resolved.
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