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15 Jan 2012  
cluberti

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Well, debugging takes (generally speaking) knowledge of the product being debugged, the ability to read and understand native code in C or C++ (and also managed code, if debugging a .net application), and then, practice and research. There are books that are available that can help you along the way - books like Advanced Windows Debugging, Advanced .NET Debugging, and Windows Debugging:Practical Foundations, Windows Internals 4th and 5th editions (soon to be a 6th), and books like Programming Windows and Programming .NET. Also, being a regular visitor of sites like Dmitry Vostokov's Crash Dump Analysis, Alex Ionescu's Blog, Scott Noone's Analyze-V blog, the ASKPERF site, ntdebugging, Mark Russinovich's blog, and Raymond Chen's Old New Thing are also good once you start down this road.

However, without prior knowledge of the subject matter, development, and practice, it is indeed like doing it "the hard way". It's not so much a science as an art that has defined structure that you can practice and get better at, really.
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