Windows Internals Beta Exam 71-660

Correction, Windows Internals Beta Exam 71-660

This was previously listed incorrectly as 70-660, the actual exam ID is now 71-660


Update 7-18-2008: The link to the exam preparation information has been updated below.


Update 7-21-2008: When registering, there is no need to use a credit card.  Be sure to instead use the following promotional code listed below when registering for the exam: WINT.  If you have already been charged for this exam, please contact Prometric and request a refund, and reference ticket number 3711938.


Hello Windows Debugging Community,  We are super excited to announce a new certification.   With the help of industry partners, including some of our very talented community members,  we have developed a new Windows Internals Certification.   This Certification targets developers and IT professionals that require knowledge of Windows Internals as part of their profession.   Chance are if you are reading this blog post you are part of the target audience.  I encourage you to register and please take the Beta exam.  Please help us to improve the exam by providing feedback during the beta exam.



Register for Beta Exam 71-660: TS: Windows® Internals


You are invited to take beta exam 70-660: TS: Windows® Internals. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form.

By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.

Please remember that participation in the beta process is completely voluntary and Microsoft makes no promises or guarantees regarding the beta exam process. You can expect to receive your score on the beta exam within 12 weeks of taking the exam, although in some instances, beta exams may take longer to score and your results may be delayed.

70-660: TS: Windows® Internals counts as credit towards the following certification.

·          Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows® Internals  


Registration begins: July 17, 2008

Beta exam period runs: July 21, 2008August 5, 2008


Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions).  All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.


Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China

Registration Information

You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.
Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: WINT
Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately.

To register in North America, please call:

Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)



Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact:




Test Information and Support

You are invited to take this beta exam at no charge.
You will be given four hours to complete the beta exam. Please plan accordingly.
Find exam preparation information:


Frequently Asked Questions

For Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) help and information, you may log in to the MCP Web site at contact your Regional Service Center:

What is a beta exam?

Where can I learn more about the registration process?

Where can I learn more about the beta exam invitation process?

Where can I learn more about the new structure of Microsoft Certification?

Who do I contact for help with this beta exam or other MCP questions?


Thank you.

Jeff Dailey, Microsoft Global Escalation Services.

Comments (13)
  1. Jeff Poling says:

    Is there a training course that goes with this new cert?

    [Yes, there will be; we will post the details once they are finalized. Thanks for your interest!]
  2. says:

    Exciting, I’m going to register now!!

  3. I wanted to pass along some really exciting news if you haven’t heard about it yet, we are getting ready

  4. says:

    The URL for the prep guide is not working –



    [Thanks to everyone that pointed out the non-working link. We are looking into it!

    Update: the exam preparation information is now available here: ]

  5. Roel Janssens says:

    Just scheduled the exam, curious what the questions will be 🙂

  6. Kevin Mullins says:

    After reading the preparation information for the exam, I realize how little I actually know about Windows internals and debugging.  I have done a fair about of debugging user mode applications; however, does anybody know any good resources for expanding my knowledge of lower level components?  I’ve thought about writing my own device driver (hands-on is the best way I learn things), but I don’t know where to start.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.


  7. You’ve probably seen this elsewhere already, but I keep getting asked about it (that’s reasonable!),

  8. Rob Hagman says:

    Quote from the prepguide:

    Microsoft Press Books: There are no Microsoft Press books currently available.

    I think the Windows Internals book by

    Mark Russinovich and David Solomon would be a usefull book to use preparing for this Exam ?

  9. Y parecía que íbamos a estar tranquilitos cuando se nos presentan en el blog de Trika cuatro exámenes

  10. I’ve just done the exam.  Really cool!  It matched my expectations 100% – deep architecture and trobleshooting skills tested here…

  11. André Nobre says:

    Se você deseja prestar o exame 71-660 (70-660 quando deixar de ser beta), pode começar por

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