Windows Internals, Sixth Edition is intended for advanced computer professionals
(both developers and system administrators) who want to understand how the
core components of the Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating
systems work internally. With this knowledge, developers can better comprehend the
rationale behind design choices when building applications specific to the Windows
platform. Such knowledge can also help developers debug complex problems. System
administrators can benefit from this information as well, because understanding how
the operating system works “under the covers” facilitates understanding the performance
behavior of the system and makes troubleshooting system problems much
easier when things go wrong. After reading this book, you should have a better understanding
of how Windows works and why it behaves as it does.
Delve inside Windows architecture and internals—and see how core components work behind the scenes. Led by three renowned internals experts, this classic guide is fully updated for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2—and now presents its coverage in two volumes.
As always, you get critical insider perspectives on how Windows operates. And through hands-on experiments, you’ll experience its internal behavior firsthand—knowledge you can apply to improve application design, debugging, system performance, and support.
In Part 2, you’ll examine:
Core subsystems for I/O, storage, memory management, cache manager, and file systems
Startup and shutdown processes
Crash-dump analysis, including troubleshooting tools and techniques