Chapter 10Management, diagnostics, and tracing

This chapter describes fundamental mechanisms in the Microsoft Windows operating system that are critical to its management and configuration. In particular, we describe the Windows registry, services, the Unified Background process manager, and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). The chapter also presents some fundamental components used for diagnosis and tracing purposes like Event Tracing for Windows (ETW), Windows Notification Facility (WNF), and Windows Error Reporting (WER). A discussion on the Windows Global flags and a brief introduction on the kernel and User Shim Engine conclude the chapter.

The registry

The registry plays a key role in the configuration and control of Windows systems. ...

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