In this chapter, you will learn how to
• Work with the Registry
• Understand and observe in detail the Windows boot process
• Control processes and services
• Explore Windows tools for programmers
Windows is powerful, easy to use, surprisingly idiot proof, backward compatible, and robust. A large part of Windows’ power is hidden—under the hood—in programs and processes that Microsoft doesn’t want normal users to see. For the record, I think hiding anything that normal users don’t need to access is a smart idea; they can’t break what they can’t find. Technicians, on the other hand, need to not only understand these processes and programs but also know how to use them, configure them, and fix them when needed. Let’s ...