Difference between revisions of "Windows Prefetch File Format"

From ForensicsWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
(Header format)
(Header format)
Line 35: Line 35:
| 0x0008
| 0x0008
| 4
| 4
| ?
| ? Observed values: 0x00 00 00 0F - Windows XP
| ? Observed values: 0x0F - Windows XP, 0x11 - Windows 7
| H4
| H4

Revision as of 15:02, 14 September 2011

A Windows Prefetch file consists of one file header and multiple file sections with different content. Not all content has an obvious forensic value.

As far as have been possible to ascertain, there is no public description of the format. The description below has been synthesised from examination of multiple prefetch files.


Header format

This format has been observed on Windows XP, ... may need to be duplicated for Vista/Win7 format

Field Offset Length Type Notes
H1 0x0000 4 DWORD  ? Probably a version number, identifying the file structure. Observed values:

0x00000011 - Windows XP 0x00000017 - Vista, Windows 7

H2 0x0004 4 DWORD  ? Probably a file type magic number. Observed value: 0x41535353
H3 0x0008 4 DWORD?  ? Observed values: 0x0F - Windows XP, 0x11 - Windows 7
H4 0x000C 4 DWORD Prefetch file length.
H5 0x0010 60 USTR Name of executable as Unicode string, truncated after character 29 if necessary, and terminated by U+0000. As it appears in the preftech file file name.
H6 0x004C 4 DWORD The prefetch hash, as it appears in the pf file name.

It's worth noting that the name of a carved prefetch file can be restored using the information in field H5 and H6

Format 23

Section A and B

These two sections have no obvious forensic value.

Section C

Section D