- Series: Developer Reference
- Hardcover: 1232 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 5th ed. edition (June 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735625301
- ISBN-13: 978-0735625303
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Windows® Internals: Including Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, Fifth Edition (Developer Reference) 5th ed. Edition
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About the Author
Mark E. Russinovich is chief software architect and cofounder of Winternals Software, a company that specializes in advanced systems software for Windows. He authored the Sysinternals tools featured in this book. Mark has a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a senior contributing editor for Windows® IT Pro Magazine.
David A. Solomon is coauthor of the WINDOWS INTERNALS book series and teaches classes on Windows internals to corporations worldwide, including Microsoft®. He is a regular speaker at Microsoft technical conferences and previously was a lead developer for the VMS operating system.
Alex is currently studying at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and is in his first year of obtaining a bachelor's degree in Software Engineering. He is also a Microsoft® Student Ambassador and is representing the company on campus as a Technical Rep.
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If, like me, you bought that book and were disgusted by the light and completely uninformative treatment it contained compared with contemporary Unix internal books like The Secret Garden Explained, you could be forgiven for assuming there was no point in ever attempting to get inside windows in the manner Bach and Vahalia got inside Unix without signing an NDA, but this volume is quite like Bach's SVR3 book in detail and includes many demonstrations you can perform yourself (the book terms them "experiments" ) to clarify what you are seeing and how that information is arrived at.
This is as near to a proper internal system description of Windows of the Vista/Server 2008 years as you can expect to find, and a damn sight better than I was expecting to be honest.
A recent Windows 7 computer rebuild had me interested again in what was going on under the hood and this book was priced to go. I know it isn't Win7, but I wanted to see what was on offer between the covers at a price I could afford to swallow - I still remember the overall feeling of being well and truly hosed by Custer's "in-depth overview" treatment for which I paid beaucoup bux on the advice of an NT trainer. I'm not ponying up 60 dollars for a two volume set that might be the same crap, especially as this is personal interest and not business imperative driving the purchase.
Anyway, I am blown away by the depth of the treatment this time and will almost certainly buy the Win7 version eventually. By page 23 I had already learned something I didn't know about Win32/64 and I've been using Win64 for a couple of years.
I'd heard good buzz about this book so I hit Amazon and grabbed a copy. And, after having it next to my workstation for 2 weeks, I can say that in my opinion this is the best-organized, most complete, and accessible book on Windows internals and architecture I've ever found. I have yet to run into an issue in my real-world work that I couldn't get some insight on in this book, typically inside a few minutes. For someone in the trenches as a contractor, where I never know what kind of curve I'll get thrown, this book is worth it's weight in Tums.. erm.. gold.
The only thing I'd wish for is more info on the Windows Driver Framework, but that's an entire book on it's own, I guess, and this thing is already hefty enough.
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It is a Must have for anyone wanting to learn more about Windows internals.