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“1 Day to Windows System Internals Mastery” — a NEW OS Crash Course for System Administrators

Learn how to fine tune your Windows OS for optimal performance in this essential 8-hour course for maverick administrators


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It’s What’s Inside that Counts – The Secrets to Supercharge Your OS

Not sure where to dig when a problem requires more than basic troubleshooting? Tired of the simplest tasks resulting in “access denied?”

Our new 8-hour crash course 1 Day to Windows System Internals Mastery takes experienced administrators beyond the basics, giving them the knowledge to whip their OS into shape.

We explain exactly how the architecture of your OS works, then teach you how to monitor it, protect it, and customise it to make your daily tasks run smoothly and efficiently. You’ll learn how to improve memory management, and how to confidently tackle problems that require more than basic troubleshooting.

Course Formula


Windows System Internals courseYou’ll get access to the pre-recorded classes (6 modules consisting of about 8 hours of video tutorials) on our special interactive platform.


Windows System Internals courseFinish all 6 modules in one day or spread your study time over a few weeks. The decision is yours.

12-Month Access

Windows System Internals courseYou’ll get a full year online access to the course and consolidate your learning. The downloads are yours to keep.

Updated Knowledge

Windows System Internals courseAll our courses incorporate the newest cybersecurity findings, insights and tools.

No Compromises

Windows System Internals courseYou’ll learn to implement new solutions at enterprise level without paralyzing the business.

Course Syllabus

Module 1

Operating System architecture


  • Kernel and User mode
  • Win32 and other subsystems
  • Processes, Threads and Jobs
  • Critical OS components
  • System Services
  • User- and Kernel-Mode drivers
  • ISRs, DPCs, APCs and LPCs
  • IRQLs
  • Handles
  • Mutexes

Module 2

Monitoring and understanding your OS – “dig deeper” toolkit


  • Built-in tools and their limitations
  • Sysinternals tools
  • Microsoft Kits
  • 3rd party tools
  • Debuggers and Symbols
  • Scripting into Windows Internals

Module 3

Windows Security


  • Windows Security Model
  • Access Tokens
  • Privileges, Permissions and Rights
  • Integrity Levels
  • Browser Security
  • Windows Cryptography

Module 4

Memory Management


  • Memory Management
  • Virtual Memory vs Physical Memory
  • Understanding Memory Counters
  • Paging
  • Protecting Memory regions
  • Cache

Module 5

I/O and Storage


  • Device Management
  • I/O System Components
  • I/O Priorities
  • Power Management
  • Filesystems
  • Volume management
  • Filter Drivers

Module 6

Startup, shutdown and crash of the OS


  • Computer startup
  • OS startup
  • Secure Boot
  • Boot Configuration Database
  • System shutdown
  • User mode crash analysis
  • Kernel mode crash analysis
  • Driver Verifier
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Your Teachers:

Paula Januszkiewicz

Founder & CEO, CQURE Academy

Paula is not your average Windows Security expert. She’s an Honoured Microsoft
Regional Director, a Microsoft Security Advisor and holds MVP awards in Enterprise Security, and Cloud and Datacenter Management — to name but a few of her titles. In addition to founding and running CQURE Academy, Paula is a top-rated speaker at international conferences, where she talks about the urgent need for cybersecurity professionals with the skills to protect networks in the

Greg Tworek

Director, CQURE Academy

Greg has been working with Windows Security since the very beginning of his
professional career. Microsoft has awarded him and MVP every year since 2007. He started as a system administrator, then moved to a consultant role, IT manager
and chief information security officer (CISO). Now he is mainly responsible for
consulting services delivered worldwide by CQURE.

Who is this course for?

System administrators with 3 or more years of experience

Infrastructure architects

Security professionals

Systems engineers

Network administrators

Professionals who have completed our 30-Day Windows Security Crash Course

What people say about Paula Januszkiewicz:

All of their classes are based on their real world experience with the products, not just the typical Official Curriculum style classes that teach you things for an exam, but that you will never use. You’ll find that all of the material you’ll learn in the class will be used, at some point, in your security career.

Jack Perry

Security Principal Consultant | Presidio

Totally professional, total great stuff, in-depth knowledge and a perfect Learning Atmosphere! I like it! Thanks so much for sharing your experience and knowledge!

Martin Weber

CTO | IT.innovation.4U GmbH

Let me start by saying Paula is amazing!! The passion for the topic really shows. As an engineer with 16 years of experience, I am impressed. Thank you for the education, and entertainment.

Dave Kordyban

Network Engineer | Garrett County Government

What is Included?

  • It’s an intensive online course, divided into 6 modules — 8 hours of video tutorials in total.
  • You’ll have access to all the course materials for 12 months from the start of the program You can blitz through the whole course in a day or over a few weeks, you decide
  • The course has an interactive, hands-on formula and a downloadable toolkit (yours to keep forever)
  • The syllabus covers: Operating System architecture, Windows Security, Memory Management, I/O and Storage, using a toolkit to monitor and understand your OS, Startup, shutdown and crash


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