For beginners, this link(below) gives you some basic/conceptual windows programming "How things work under the hood".
In my opinion it gave me a good jump start on windows programming couple with resource intensive from MS web sites.
One good pointer the tutorials use LCC Win and it works with using Pelles C as well.
The owner of this link is Pravin Paratey and is still work in Progress. ...to all noobs - Check it out ! http://in.geocities.com/pravinparatey/