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If DOS is single-tasking, how was multitasking possible in old version of Windows?

I read that DOS is a single-tasking OS. But if old versions of Windows (also including Windows 95?) were just wrappers of DOS, how could Windows run as a multitasking OS?
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View running metro apps in the 8.1 taskbar

Is it possible to see the list of currently runing metro apps in the taskbar for multitasking purposes? Having both the taskbar, and the "metro multitask" bar is annoying for switching back and ...
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How to have one browser tab auto-refresh while using other tabs?

so I was wondering how this would work out - browsing on one tab while another tab is not in focus and is auto-refreshing. Any browsers built to behave this way, or any plug-ins that can get this ...
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Multiple cores = better multitasking?

Specifically I am looking at either the i5-3570k or the FX-8350, but it made me think of a more general specific question on how multiple cores can improve general multitasking. Been reading a lot of ...
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Disable unread count in the Skype taskbar icon

This is a Windows-equivalent question of this OSX question here on SuperUser: Disable unread count in the Skype dock icon. Rationale: sometimes I don't want to be disturbed by incoming Skype messages ...
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Windows7 issue in mutli- tasking and memory

I seeming some problem in my windows OS recently, let me first say my system configuration. processor - Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8400 @ 2.66 GHz Installed memory (RAM) - 4.00 GB (3.00 GB usable) ...
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Windows 8 Software Update in Background?

When I start the Windows Update in the Metro UI and then exit to the Desktop, is the Update then still in progress? Is there a possiblity to see running metro applications in the background?
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Why do modern pre-emptive multitasking OSs hang when the CPU is loaded?

This is an open-ended question, with many possible answers, but perhaps there's one big thing I'm overlooking. If not, perhaps this question should be community wiki. I don't use other OSs often ...
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How to make Windows 7 switch between programs faster after a while?

When I run Windows, I usually keep multiple programs open at all times. I have 4GB of memory installed (and capable of using all of it), and it hardly every uses more than 2.5 gigs. Yet, every time I ...
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Stop programs from stealing focus in Windows 7 [duplicate]

In Windows 7, if I launch a program and immediately make its window inactive (e.g. by minimizing or switching windows), it will pop back up after the program has finished loading completely. This is ...
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Improve priority of mplayer-pulseaudio-Xorg combination

I'm often having mplayer running on the side (e.g. watching television). However, this occasionally doesn't run too smoothly (granted, the CPU and GPU are also a bit weak). I've already running ...
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How OS protects from drivers interaction in multitasking?

I have been thinking. Let's consider this example: We have 2 programs running on PC. First is, for example internet browser, and second is some WiFi scanning software. Now, browser wants to use ...
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Multitasking while running SMART tests?

Does it affect anything if you multitask (windows 7 x64) while running SMART tests to scan for HDD errors?
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Which processor/core is this process/service using?

What can i use to monitor which processor/core/thread an application is using? I have 16 processors and want to know which processor a specific application is using. I am running Windows Server 2003 ...
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Prevent drag-and-drop from Windows Explorer from freezing the window?

In some badly-implemented software (in my case, iPhoneBrowser and MP3Gain, but there are others) after dragging a file/folder from explorer into the program, the explorer window will become unusable ...
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How can I throttle down Dropbox's IO operations?

Empirical evidence suggests that Dropbox's indexing at startup time is the main source of slowdown for my Windows 7 partition -- things grind down to a crawl when the indexing is in progress and ...
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How to do simple multitasked loop processing over filenames with PowerShell?

I'm batch transcoding some 50 GB of video files on a USB hard disk which is connected to a wlan router. The drive is mapped as a network drive on my Windows 7 laptop. The speed handicap of the wlan ...
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How OS manage running programs

since windows is multitasking OS, it must somehow switch between processes. But how is it done? Does windows include some kind of breakpoints into running programs, which should switch to other ...
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Is it possible to use different keyboards for different applications?

What I would like is this: I would have two keyboards. One of them is "connected" to Matlab, the other is "connected" to my text editor of choice. This way, I could edit some script and still test ...
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Firefox: Using multiple instances with different profiles?

Let's say, Firefox's instance is running with profile 1. Is it now possible, to start a new Firefox instance with profile 2? Normally, when Firefox is already running, no new instance is created. ...