Ztrl wrote:So you're saying without it Windows wouldn't work?
Y I think that's the gist of it, I mean DOS > WinDOS > Windows ... These core files are so deeply embedded in the codebase, they would likely be quite nightmarish to expurgate. Well, I guess they could get rid of it -- but what for ?
autoexec.bat is btw also used to ensure compatibility with legacy applications.
Anyway, you can still use autoexec.bat to execute scripts at boot AFAIK -- although iirc the last time I've done this myself was during the Longhorn pre-beta period to speed up Longhorn 4074 on my rig, and Longhorn 4xxx was founded on the Windows Server 2003 codebase...