Windows Under the Hood

In this chapter, you will learn how to

•   Work with the Registry

•   Understand and observe the Windows boot process in detail

•   Control processes, services, and threads

•   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 normal users don’t need is a smart idea. Technicians, on the other hand, need to not only understand these processes and programs, but also know how to use, configure, and fix them when needed. Let’s start with one of the most famous and ...

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