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Microsoft® Windows® Internals: Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000, 4th Edition by David A. Solomon, Mark E. Russinovich

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Chapter 1. Concepts and Tools

In this chapter, we'll introduce the key Microsoft Windows operating system concepts and terms we'll be using throughout this book, such as the Windows API, processes, threads, virtual memory, kernel mode and user mode, objects, handles, security, and the registry. We'll also introduce the tools that you can use to explore Windows internals, such as the kernel debugger, the Performance tool, and key tools from http://www.sysinternals.com. In addition, we'll explain how you can use the Windows Device Driver Kit (DDK) and Platform Software Development Kit (SDK) as resources for finding further information on Windows internals.

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