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ISBN-13: 978-0735665873 ISBN-10: 0735665877 Edition: 6th

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  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 6 edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735665877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735665873
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Russinovich is a Technical Fellow in the Windows Azure group at Microsoft. He is coauthor of Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference, co-creator of the Sysinternals tools available from Microsoft TechNet, and coauthor of the Windows Internals book series. David A. Solomon is coauthor of the Windows Internals book series and has taught his Windows internals class to thousands of developers and IT professionals worldwide, including Microsoft staff. He is a regular speaker at Microsoft conferences, including TechNet and PDC. Alex Ionescu is a chief software architect and consultant expert in low-level system software, kernel development, security training, and reverse engineering. He teaches Windows internals course with David Solomon, and is active in the security research community.

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Covers a lot of material in a manner that works for me.
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I have used these books as a reference since the third edition and they have continuously gotten more comprehensive in size.
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This is a critical resource if you must reverse engineer malware, or write kernel level code in Windows!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Masur on October 20, 2012
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The Windows Internals books have always been the most in-depth look into how the Windows Operating System works and provide valuable information for anyone developing and debugging Windows applications. I have used these books as a reference since the third edition and they have continuously gotten more comprehensive in size. The sixth edition is now split into two parts, the second part being reviewed here.

The last edition covered both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista while this edition focuses on their successors Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. The main topics stayed the same albeit networking moved up further in the chapters than compared to the previous edition. As the changes between the underlying kernels (fifth edition: Kernel 6.0, sixth edition: Kernel 6.1) have been negligible, the individual chapters are pretty much the same. Most of the things described in the fifth edition are still applicable in the latest Kernel.

The first part of the book, which was released in March 2012, provided a general overview over the basic layout and concepts of the Windows Operating System before going into further details of dedicated mechanism and subsystems such as processes, threads, security, networking and so on.

The second part focuses on the remaining mechanism and subsystems such as the I/O system, storage and memory, file system, startup and shutdown as well as crash dump analysis. Compared to the last edition, most of the chapters are fairly similar in size as only marginal changes were made in the Kernel in these areas.

As before, this book contains an abundance of low-level technical information and thus requires a fairly solid background with native tools such as the WinDbg application.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anupam Kumar on December 28, 2012
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This is a fantastic book and a must have for people who delve deep in OS internal concepts to understand resource utilization concepts and debugging.
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Books like these are interesting reads, but in my experience their practical value is nil. When I have had a problem with one of my computer systems and have tried to research it in this book or in others similar to it, the answer has never been there. Take a recent example: Chkdsk is a marvelous tool. If a hard drive has a problem and chkdsk can fix it, then in my experience the drive will last for a few more months. But if chkdsk can't fix it, then it is time to buy a new hard drive.

I recently ran chkdsk on 4 of my drives; it took 4-6 hours to run on each hard drive. Before Windows 8 or 8.1, at most chkdsk took about an hour to execute. I used Google to try to find out why chkdsk was taking so long under Windows 8. Hundreds of people had asked the same question, but I could not find an authoritative answer. The only remotely knowledgeable answer came from someone who wrote that we should not need to use chkdsk anymore because Windows 8 constantly self-diagnoses the drives in our systems. That turns out to be an almost exact quote from Windows Internals on chkdsk and Windows 8. I used "chkdsk" as a search term and read every reference to it in Windows Internals (both volumes); there is no explanation for why chkdsk takes so long to run (when using the /F /R options). Chkdsk uses about 90% of the bandwidth when it is checking a drive. It must be doing something, but what? That is a major, if not critical, question. If chkdsk is scrubbing the drive, or doing some other really useful activity, then more power to it. But if it is just wasting bandwidth to no good purpose, then once again Microsoft has taken away a very good tool for no apparent reason.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. S. on December 4, 2012
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What else can I say? This is my ultimate reference book on Windows (I'm referring to Parts 1 and 2). I source this before Microsoft TechNet or the Web because chances are what I'm looking for is there and I can find it quicker than online sourcing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexey Ivlev on July 22, 2013
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Digital edition suffers from bad picture quality. The contents is excellent. I use it time to time, only when I need deeper dive into specific area. I usually find answers 80-90% times. I recommend for professionals and advanced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave K. on June 27, 2014
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Needed something updated over my older Win 7 reference that specifically talks about the internal tools. If you tried to find this info on Microsoft's page, you'd have to do a little digging. This puts it all in one place!
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The reason for the caveat is that the writer makes a lot of assumptions about the level of knowledge of the reader. If you have a good understanding about operating systems and are looking for more detailed information about the Windows specific implementation then this is a great book and exactly what you are looking for. If you are not that knowledgeable about operating systems you are going to spend a great deal of time looking things up and your progress through the book will be greatly hampered.
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There is no other book like this for knowing how really things work inside Windows, not for beginers of course but it is a source of knowledge for either both troubleshooters and developers.
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Mark Russinovich works at Microsoft as a Technical Fellow, Microsoft's senior-most technical position. He joined the company when Microsoft acquired Winternals software, which he co-founded in 1996. He is also author of the popular Sysinternals tools. He is coauthor of the Windows Internals book series, a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine, and a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine. He lives in Washington State with his wife, daughter, two dogs and two cats.

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