70-660 : MCTS - Windows Internals

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The MCTS: Windows Internals certification is an industry recognized credential. The certification is proof of a person's competence across a spectrum of skills including troubleshooting operating systems that are not performing as expected or applications that are not working correctly, identifying code defects, and developing and debugging applications that run unmanaged code or that are tightly integrated with the operating system, such as Microsoft SQL Server, third party applications, antivirus software, and device drivers.
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70-660
MCTS - Windows Internals

Here's what you will get

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Internals certification is a standalone certification from Microsoft with the exam code 70-660. The certification is targeted at engineers, developers, or IT staff who work with Windows at a level that requires Windows Internals knowledge. These individuals are involved in resolving problems that require deep understanding of Windows Internals rather than problems about planning and infrastructure development or how to use or configure a product that runs on Windows.

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Exercises
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Quizzes
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Flashcards
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Glossary of terms
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Post-Assessment Questions
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Exam FAQs
What is the exam registration fee? USD 150
Where do I take the exam? The 70-660 exam is administered by Prometric at testing centers worldwide. Click here to find a testing center near you.
What is the format of the exam? The exam consists of linear and Adaptive, Build list and reorder, Case studies, Drag and drop, Hot area, and Multiple-choice questions.
What are the pre-requisites of the exam? There are no technical pre-requisites for this certification.
How many questions are asked in the exam? The exam contains 43 questions.
What is the duration of the exam? 120 minutes
What is the passing score? 700

(on a scale of 0-1000)

What is the exam's retake policy?

In the event that you fail your first attempt at passing the 70-660 exam, Microsoft's retake policy is:

  • You may not take a given exam any more than five times per year (12 months). This 12-month period would start the day of the fifth unsuccessful exam retake. You would then be eligible to retake the exam 12 months from that date. In order to take a given exam more than five times per year, you must submit a request and obtain prior permission from Microsoft.
  • You must wait at least a 24-hour period before retaking the exam.
  • If you need a third or subsequent attempt to pass the certification, you shall be required to wait for a period of at least a 14-day before retaking the exam.
  • If you have already passed the exam, it cannot be taken again without prior consent from Microsoft.
What is the validity of the certification? The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows Internals certification has no expiration. The certification holder is certified for life unless the vendor changes their policy. Click here for more information.
Where can I find more information about this exam? To know more about the 70-660, click here.
What are the career opportunities after passing this exam?

A Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Internals Certified Professional has several career opportunities open up to them, including:

  • Escalation Engineer
  • Software Design Engineer
  • Network Administrator

Here's what you will learn

  • Identify memory types and mechanisms
  • Identify I/O mechanisms
  • Identify subsystems
  • Identify processor functions and architecture
  • Identify process and threads
  • Optimize a system for its drivers
  • Design applications
  • Deploy compatible applications
  • Identify optimal I/O models for applications
  • Monitor I/O latency
  • Monitor I/O throughput
  • Monitor memory usage
  • Monitor CPU utilization
  • Monitor handled and unhandled exceptions
  • Analyze heap leaks
  • Analyze heap corruption
  • Handle leaks
  • Resolve image load issues
  • Analyze services and host processes
  • Analyze cross-process application calls
  • Analyze the modification of executables at runtime
  • Analyze GUI performance issues
  • Find and identify objects in Object Manager namespaces and identify the objects' attributes
  • Analyze Plug and Play (PnP) device failure
  • Analyze pool corruption
  • Analyze pool leaks
  • Isolate the root cause of S state failure
  • Analyze kernel mode CPU utilization
  • Debug memory
  • Identify a pending I/O
  • Identify a blocking thread
  • Identify a runaway thread
  • Debug kernel crash dumps
  • Debug user crash dumps
  • Set up the debugger
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