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Windows Internals Seventh Edition Part 1: System architecture, processes, threads, memory management, and more, Seventh Edition by David A. Solomon, Mark E. Russinovich, Alex Ionescu, Pavel Yosifovich

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Chapter 6. I/O system

The Windows I/O system consists of several executive components that, together, manage hardware devices and provide interfaces to hardware devices for applications and the system. This chapter lists the design goals of the I/O system, which have influenced its implementation. It then covers the components that make up the I/O system, including the I/O manager, Plug and Play (PnP) manager, and power manager. Then it examines the structure and components of the I/O system and the various types of device drivers. It discusses the key data structures that describe devices, device drivers, and I/O requests, after which it describes the steps necessary to complete I/O requests as they move through the system. Finally, it presents ...

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