Windows Internals


Windows is one of the most widely deployed operating systems today, dominating the world’s desktop market with a 90% share and running over a third of all web servers on the Internet. With the Windows 8 product family, Microsoft brought the same operating system to new form factors (tablets, smartphones), instruction architectures (ARM) and computing environments (Azure). In every case, the NT kernel and system architecture builds the foundation of Windows.

In this seminar, the participants will delve into the internals of Windows and research and present Windows-specific concepts from the following areas and potentially compare them to implementations in other operating systems:

  • General System Architecture
  • Memory Management, Scheduling, I/O-Processing
  • Security, Authentication and Access Control
  • Storage Management
  • .Net Framework & Powershell

For the seminar, each participant will prepare a report (6 pages) and a short talk (15 min) about an individually assigned topic. The grade will be based on the quality of the report, the proficiency of the talk, and the liveliness of the participant’s participation in discussing the other talks.

The proseminar is only intended for computer science (Informatik) students as part of their Bachelor. A successful participation in the Operating Systems exam (Betriebssysteme Klausur) is a prerequisite for this seminar.


This seminar starts on 29.04.2020, 1:00 p.m. as a pure online event.

Attendance via video chat at the scheduled times is compulsory and a prerequisite for successful participation. The type of video conferencing system has not yet been clarified but will be announced in ILIAS and by email to all registered participants. It is expected that the KIT will provide access to MS TEAMS or ZOOM for all students.