- Series: Developer Reference
- Hardcover: 1232 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 5 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,230 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 Edition
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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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