A new update about Windows Internals, Fifth Edition…

…by Mark Russinovich and David Solomon, with Alex Ionescu (Microsoft Press, 2009). Microsoft Press now has 13 of the book’s 14 chapters in hand; we had 12 of 14 at our last update from Mark on February 13. Twelve of those 13 chapters are final.


This is the chapter-level outline for the book:

Chapter 1   Concepts and Tools 

Chapter 2   System Architecture

Chapter 3   System Mechanisms

Chapter 4   Management Mechanisms

Chapter 5   Processes & Threads

Chapter 6   Security

Chapter 7   I/O System

Chapter 8   Storage Management

Chapter 9   Memory Management

Chapter 10  Cache Manager

Chapter 11  File Systems

Chapter 12  Networking

Chapter 13  Startup and Shutdown

Chapter 14  Crash Dump Analysis

Only Chapter 9, “Memory Management,” is outstanding.

Here is more information about the book:

About the Book

Get the architectural perspectives and inside details you need to understand the Windows kernel! Delve inside the Windows kernel with noted internals experts Mark Russinovich and David Solomon, in collaboration with Alex Ionescu and the Microsoft Windows product development team. This classic guide—fully updated for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, including 64-bit extensions—describes the architecture and internals of the Windows operating system. You’ll find hands-on experiments you can use to experience Windows internal behavior first hand, along with advanced troubleshooting information to help you keep your systems running smoothly and efficiently. Whether you’re a developer or a system administrator, you’ll find critical architectural insights that you can quickly apply for better design, debugging, performance, and support.

About the Authors

Mark Russinovich is a Technical Fellow in the Microsoft Platform and Services Division. Russinovich is a widely recognized expert in Windows operating system internals as well as operating architecture and design. His discovery of a rootkit on popular Sony audio CDs led to industry reforms in the area of computer privacy. Russinovich joined Microsoft when Microsoft acquired Winternals software, the company he cofounded in 1996 and where he worked as Chief Software Architect. Mark is also cofounder of Microsoft Windows Sysinternals, where he writes and publishes dozens of popular Windows administration and diagnostic utilities including Process Monitor, Process Explorer and Autoruns. He previously worked at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, researching operating system support for web server acceleration and serving as an operating systems expert.

David A. Solomon is the president of David Solomon Expert Seminars and teaches classes on Windows internals to corporations worldwide, including Microsoft. He is also a regular speaker at Microsoft technical conferences. David was previously a lead developer on the VMS operating system at Digital Equipment Corporation.

Alex I. Ionescu was the lead kernel developer for ReactOS, an open source clone of Windows XP/2003 written from scratch, where he wrote most of the NT-based kernel. He is now the founder of Winsider Seminars & Solutions Inc., specializing in low-level system software for administrators and developers. Alex teaches Windows internals courses for David Solomon Expert Seminars, notably at Microsoft. He is also very active in the security research community, discovering and reporting several vulnerabilities related to the Windows kernel and presenting talks at conferences such as Blackhat and Recon.

Mark and David coauthored the previous editions of this book.


Preorder the book here or here.

Comments (1)
  1. bcdalai says:

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