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The definitive guide–fully updated for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016
Delve inside Windows architecture and internals, and see how core components work behind the scenes. Led by a team of internals experts, this classic guide has been fully updated for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.
Whether you are a developer or an IT professional, you’ll get critical, insider perspectives on how Windows operates. And through hands-on experiments, you’ll experience its internal behavior firsthand–knowledge you can apply to improve application design, debugging, system performance, and support.
This book will help you:
· Understand the Window system architecture and its most important entities, such as processes and threads
· Examine how processes manage resources and threads scheduled for execution inside processes
· Observe how Windows manages virtual and physical memory
· Dig into the Windows I/O system and see how device drivers work and integrate with the rest of the system
· Go inside the Windows security model to see how it manages access, auditing, and authorization, and learn about the new mechanisms in Windows 10 and Server 2016
Chapter 1: Concepts and tools
Windows operating system versions
Foundation concepts and terms
Digging into Windows internals
Chapter 2: System architecture
Requirements and design goals
Operating system model
Virtualization-based security architecture overview
Key system components
Chapter 3: Processes and jobs
Creating a process
Minimal and Pico processes
Trustlets (secure processes)
Flow of CreateProcess
Terminating a process
Chapter 4: Threads
Examining thread activity
Worker factories (thread pools)
Chapter 5: Memory management
Introduction to the memory manager
Services provided by the memory manager
Kernel-mode heaps (system memory pools)
Virtual address space layouts
Page fault handling
Virtual address descriptors
Page frame number database
Physical memory limits
Proactive memory management (SuperFetch)
Chapter 6: I/O system
I/O system components
Interrupt Request Levels and Deferred Procedure Calls
The Plug and Play manager
General driver loading and installation
The Windows Driver Foundation
The power manager
Chapter 7: Security
Security system components
The AuthZ API
Account rights and privileges
Access tokens of processes and threads
User Account Control and virtualization
Software Restriction Policies
Kernel Patch Protection