Good news here! “Windows Internals” update

Last time we noted that Mark Russinovich, David Solomon, and Alex Ionescu, the authors of Windows Internals, Fifth Edition (Microsoft Press, 2009), were still working on one more chapter: Chapter 9, “Memory Management.” I’m happy to report that the revised chapter has been delivered to Microsoft Press and has gone through almost all of its peer and technical review. (Resulting comments = over 700; people love to review this book.) The book’s various front and back matter is also well underway.

All of which adds up to this: the book’s current ship date (late May) and availability date (June 17) is very very very likely to hold.

Preorder the book here or here! (And it’s worth reading some reviews of the book’s previous edition.)

Following is more information (repeated from our last “Window Internals” post) about the coming 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.