The layer between your hardware and software. It manages disk input/output, memory allocation, graphic acceleration, hosting device drivers and various other resources.

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Android apps which can be safely removed from device [on hold]

I am developing an android based kiosk in which I intend to run only my app in the foreground.As part of its functionality the app will sync data at EOD to the app server.I want to consume as less as ...
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Move System Drive to Another Drive

I bought a pre-built tower a few months ago and installed Windows 8.1 on it's built-in hdd. I installed many applications and games on it. Now I just noticed that my system is really slow, specially ...
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Win7 installation in win8.1 installed system(Lenovo ideapad z510) [on hold]

I have a Lenovo Ideapad z510 with Win8.1 OS (came with laptop) installed currently. I want to install Win7 as a parallel OS in C drive without removing Win8.1 Make sure my laptop has 8GB of Solid ...
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Is it possible to determine what operating system an email was sent from? [on hold]

Is it possible to determine what OS an email was sent from? I'm hoping it would be more probable if it is sent from an email client? I don't need specific details on the OS, just whether it is Mac, ...
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OS on Flash drive: noticeable performance penalty if used as (linux-based) htpc?

My question is whether there is any noticeable difference in performance, given my use case, for installing a (linux-based) OS on a flash drive rather than on a SSD. I plan to turn my fanless HTPC ...
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Stuck at “Loading Windows” or any other operating system

A computer I'm trying to fix gets stuck whenever I try to load an operating system from hard disk or cd-rom. Originally the system didn't send out a video signal, so I figured the motherboard was ...
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Computer not reading OS-disks

My computer is a mess and I want to reformat it (it's a win 7 installation). I have a dvd that I know has a working copy of windows (I can open the setup on another computer). However, in the computer ...
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Let me enter my password as soon as possible

My computer, a pretty powerful MSI laptop running Windows 7, takes some time to boot. And I'be okay with that, if I could go away and make some coffee or something else while it's booting, but the ...
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Is there any way to know the size of L1, L2, L3 cache and RAM in ubuntu?

Is there any way to know the size of L1, L2, L3 cache and RAM in ubuntu? Any terminal command or files I could look into?
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how to disable Internet Explorer 10 Password Eye using windows 7 [duplicate]

The instructions for Windows 8 does not work for Windows 7. How do I remove the Password Eye from Windows 7. Thank you.
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What happens on the OS when the user changes the date/time? [closed]

I'm just curious about a question: let's say we have a folder containing some very important files (could be the System32 directory). We know that the filesystem stores some information about their ...
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OS Installation on SSD and storage on HDD

I have an Dell 15z 5523 laptop with 32GB SSD and 500 GB HDD. I want to boot my OS from the SSD but use the HDD for storage , i.e. Programs Files, Users etc. How should I do it?
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How can I call my own system call in a exit() system call [migrated]

I've written new system call that can terminate all the children of a given process, and I want to use this system call when user calls the "exit()" system call. In fact, The "exit" system call will ...
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Clone HDD to USB to SSD?

I bought a new computer (ASUS G551JM) with a hard disk drive (1TB 7200 RPM), but I want to transfer the OS (and everything else) onto my Samsung EVO 840 (500GB). However, when I purchased the SSD from ...
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Can't wake up from standby(S3)

I'm a beginner of BIOS engineer. My laptop can't wake up from standby(s3). Someone tells me it's a SSD problem and BIOS issue.(laptop using M.2 SSD (Achie)) Because it's working fine in some BIOS with ...
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How to revert a Lenovo notebook to factory settings?

Given a Lenovo notebook where the hard drive has been formated completely. How can I get it back to factory settings? Can I get the Lenovo bloatware version of Windows 8 anywhere?
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How does windows know which program has the lock on a particular file while trying to copy it?

I was just wondering about how older versions of Windows didn't tell you exactly which programs were using a particular file so that you cannot move them. But the newer versions tend to tell you that ...
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I formatted my hard drive, and I think I've killed the computer.

I know that there have been dozens of posts about booting troubles, and I've read my fair share of them, but nothing quite comes close to my specific problem. So recently a friend of mine got me ...
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Windows 8.1 Factory Reset w/ Upgraded SSD and OS on that new SSD [closed]

Why I am doing this: I download the wrong graphics card driver update and now my graphics card has gone haywire. After trying several things with NVIDIA, including installing the right driver, and ...
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Is an operating system responsible to making the best use of system resources?

Suppose I have a powerful desktop PC with a high performance CPU and GPU. Does my OS decide how it should use these resources? Can there be any notable differences between different operating systems ...
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Put windows back onto a computer after replacing with ubuntu [duplicate]

I have a laptop currently running ubuntu 14.04. The laptop came with window 8 on it and I was curious about the best way to reinstall windows 8 alongside ubuntu. The laptop was a display model and ...
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Link asm bootloader with c file

first of all I'm sorry if I put this post in a wrong category, but I'm new here... Recently I tried to make own, simple "OS". Maybe it's not an appropriate word for that, because my target was just ...
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How to share configuration files and data across multiple OS?

I'm looking for input on how to share configuration files and data across different OS. Sharing data makes only sense if the data is actually platform independent (e.g. the maven cache ...
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How does “explorer.exe” work and control the GUI? [closed]

All info states that this is the main shell of Windows 3.x versions and up of Windows OSes. My question is, how does this program have access to the entire GUI and screen/framebuffer data to draw and ...
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restart copying a large file interrupted before (OS Support)

[Just a Thought] Today while copying a large file from my computer to the external hard disk, it got interrupted and copying stopped. Afterwards when I tried copying again, the process of copying ...
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Windows 7 Enterprise with Service Pack 1 [duplicate]

I've just downloaded Windows 7 Enterprise evaluation from Microsoft and the ISO file says it's the 7600 version. Isn't there a Windows 7 Enterprise installation with Service Pack 1 already ...
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windows installer in different locations depending on os version

I've got to create an installer, that installs addon files into an existing programs application folder. Depending on the OS (winxp, win7, 32, 64), it could be in a variety of locations. e.g. ...
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How is it possible for me to hear the audio of multiple different videos on my computer? [closed]

I am reading this book and so far, being in chapter 3, I understand that multiprogramming and multiprocessing allows for faster execution of multiple existing processes/threads. I am reading into all ...
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Why cant operating system decide which program to use when opening files without their suffix?

For example, if we rename a .pdf file to .exe, and try to run it under windows, an error will occur. But is it possible for OS to determine which program to use to open a file based on its content? ...
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EFI System Partition for Dual Boot Windows and Linux

I just built my first computer and I want to have Windows and Linux installed. My hard drive is on the small side for a dual boot (256 GB SSD), but I plan on upgrading at a later date. Following the ...
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installing linux without any packages

I am programming a OS based on Linux but I want to "re-invent the wheel" in this OS just as an achievement. I have been told that Linux can be installed on a PC without any packages (obviously causing ...
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Is it safe to install windows from within another windows

I installed windows 8 PRO directly from within windows 8 Enterprise by mounting the iso image file and running the setup program. Now I have windows 8 up and running but now there is a folder named ...
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When using VirtualBox, is the host OS 100% protected from security issues in the guest OS?

More specifically, if I intentionally install all kinds of viruses and malwares on a Windows installation running inside VirtualBox on Mac OS X, can I cause any damage to Mac OS or even to the ...
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Planning to buy new laptop “XPS 15 Touch” with windows 8.1

I am planning to buy 'HP - XPS 15 Touch' model laptop, I am windows 7 users and don't know much about windows 8 and i think it is right time to move to windows 8.1, With window xp, 2000 & win 7 ...
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What is the relationship between Unix, Linux, Ubuntu and Debian?

What is the relationship between Unix, Linux, Ubuntu, and Debian? I suspect they are all Operating Systems that are based upon one another - similar to how Windows is based on DOS. Is my suspicion ...
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Why would xbcd.com resolve to the localhost (127.0.0.1) on Linux (Ubuntu) and Android?

When 1) pinging xbcd.com I get 127.0.0.1 2) using a web browser and the URL xbcd.com leads me to the local webserver, if it exists. I've tried this on Ubuntu 14.04, multiple networks/DNS, as well ...
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Is it my motherboard or something else?

One day while working on my PC, it suddenly hung with no response. I looked at the hard disk to ensure whether it's working but it failed - there was no blinking LED. I restarted my PC, my computer ...
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Run a command in a batch file on the system clock

I have two different connection for my internet connection. The first uses from 7am to 10pm. The second uses from 10 pm to 7 am the next day. And for each of the connections I've made a batch file ...
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Operating System showing alerts on each time it is started and Virtual Machines are not starting

Yesterday my system showed that there is some internal memory error 0X00 some number in so many alert boxes,then it showed google chrome crashed.I restarted the system and then it was asking if it ...
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Is it possible to disable richtext/html copying operating system-wide in OSX or Windows?

I have never once in the history of my computing life wanted to include formatting when copying text (i.e. copying text from a web page and pasting it somewhere), but this is the default behavior ...
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Is it possible to create a driverless OS? [closed]

Is it possible to build devices and hardware in such a way that there is no need for a driver to be written for OS? Why there is a need for a driver to operate a piece oh hardware? Couldn't they ...
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SATA(AHCI mode) - Why an OS needs a AHCI driver, while BIOS can boot from HDD?

What is the relation between AHCI and SATA? How come an OS cannot operate a SATA controller without an AHCI driver, while the BIOS knows how to boot of a SATA hard disk? What are the difference ...
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Installation of Windows with Unetbootin won't finish

Loaded an ISO with Win Server 2008 R2 onto a flash drive using Unetbootin. Booted just fine, went through most of the install process, server reboots just before "completing installation" then after ...
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How to boot from cd

I've recently bought a hp pavillion 15 n228sl, with Windows 8. I decided to install Windows 7 on it; so, to make a clean install and get rid of all those partition, I downloaded killdisk at this page ...
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ASCII text files

Given a file contains ASCII characters is there anyway to determine the operating system of origin? This needs to work regardless of the existence of newline characters
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Extremely slow computer [closed]

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. It takes forever to boot up my computer and it is full of lag. It takes about a whole minute in the loading windows 7 screen, and after logging in (entering ...
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Install OS over network [closed]

Recently I read some articles, in this article told install OS over network. How can do this? So I had three doubt. My question is Is it possible to install OS from server to all system? if it ...
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What is the underlying windowing system used in firefox OS?

I want to know the underlying windowing system used in firefox OS something equivalent to X for linux, surfaceflinger for android. I searched the docs provided by the firefox community. But, I didn't ...
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Before Operating systems, What concept was used to make them work? [closed]

The Operating systems have been tightly related to the computer architecture.An OS takes care for all input and output in a computer system. It manages users, processes, memory management, printing, ...
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Areas of Law for Computer Enthusiasts [closed]

Sorry guys if this is in the wrong place. You guys can just tell me where the right place would be and I will post my question there. I am a current 1L in law school and we just had an early internet ...