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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Why do people still make 32 bit software [on hold]

Why do companies like Microsoft still make 32 bit operating systems, when everyone have at least a dual core CPU? Why do software developers release 32 bit versions? I want to know this since I don't ...
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What is the area of study which relates to things such as operating systems, file management, environment variables, and so on? [on hold]

Sorry for the vague question, if someone could improve upon it, that would be much appertiated. Anyway, I have learned and still am learning much about programming. Many times however, I come across ...
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Installing Ubuntu in a new computer

I recently purchased a ThinkServer TS140 (Intel i3-4130; 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD). It comes without any installed OS or drivers. How do I install the Ubuntu OS in this computer? I tried burning the Ubuntu ...
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Best practices: OS deploy menthod for enterprise IT management [closed]

In our company, we have different models of DELL desktops/laptops, and they will need different OS on them. Every time there are people coming and going, we need to reformat the OS, install drivers, ...
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MAC equivalent - user name & appdata

I have a couple of questions: On PC I can get the username from the environment variable USERNAME and on LINUX it is USER - what the MAC equivalent? The users local area on windows can be found via ...
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Windows 7 won't create Administrator account

Win7 REFUSES to login to newly created user account, logged in as admin creating 2nd admin account. The account creates fine, but always goes into a "roaming profile" login. Have deleted, and ...
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Should system path & user path match?

This morning I was trying to add python to my windows 7 PATH and used: setx PATH "%PATH%;C:\python34\" /M This seems to have changed my path but not in the manner I'd hoped! My user path now ...
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Why are the file formats different?

When you go to a certain site to download an application. why can't you run the same file formats for different operating systems?
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Ubuntu as a separate OS v/s Wubi

Due to some hardware problem, I am unable to use both my DVD drive and the bootable USB stick to install Ubuntu as a separate OS alongside Windows 7. I came across WUBI. I was wondering if there would ...
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Serva Login 0x35 NetPath not found, wrong credentials, or unreliable net

I'm trying to install Windows 8 via PXE network boot, I'm using Serva for this. When I get to the ServaPENet screen on my client I can't connect. Drivers are installed (I tried three different ...
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Is there any way to install any linux distro without acesssing the bios? (broken screen)

I am trying to run a Linux system from my y500 Lenovo ideapad but I can not access the boot menu or bios at all. This is because I have a broken screen and am using an external display to make use of ...
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I'm not able to connect with SSH because of SUID warning

When I try to connect with another machine, after this command below: user1@host1:~$ ssh user2@host2 user2@host2's password: I receive: WARNING: Your password has expired. You must change your ...
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iMac not letting me log in

I have a iMac OS. Last night it locked up on me. I powered it off and when I started it back up, it goes through the start up process and then it gets to the login page. I click on the icon to ...
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Is it possible to bring up the OS without any displays on an armStone A9? [duplicate]

How to bring up the operating system on an armStone A9 without any additional displays, but just via LAN cable? My network setup looks like this: Details: PC (machine 1): Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / ...
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Is possible to port virtual machine on second monitor?

Is it possible to display a virtual machine (VM) on a secondary monitor like a TV, and the "core" operating system on the primary monitor? I want to play a game with a friend, and I imagine I could ...
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Reboot and select proper boot device error after changing partition table

I have a problem with starting installation of Windows from a pendrive onto my Samsung NP700G7C-S01 laptop. Here are things which I did: I formatted all disks on my laptop via GParted from Ubuntu on ...
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Is it possible to re-install an operating system over an encrypted system?

Scenario: I buy old PC/laptops, fix it and then resell them. I recently got a laptop at an auction with the whole system password encrypted McAfee Endpoint Encryption. Windows does not even load. I ...
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Can’t format Linux partition after reinstalling Windows

I was using 2 OSs, Windows 7—installed on C:—and Ubuntu—on a 60 GB partition next to G:. Now, I changed the processor and motherboard and reinstalled Windows. Ubuntu was left untouched. When I start ...
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Building a small home server [closed]

Good day everyone. I am not sure if this was the right forum on stackexchange, but I found it most applicable. I have quite an old PC (currently running Untangle, but not needed anymore), with ...
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Ho do I build and use a portable Windows OS environment for developers?

I am a developer and use several applications, tools and programs on my Windows 8.1 machine. I work frequently from home in addition to the office. Currently, I use one souped-up laptop that has all ...
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Uninstalling windows 8 and then re installing it, how does it work?

So my PC has an activated version of Windows 8.1 and i was thinking of changing my OS to Zorin to see if i like it, if i decide i don't like it is there anyway i can get back Windows 8.1, if so how ...
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How the desktop identify the correct time when power on the system

I bit confuse with how the desktop identify correct time when i power on again, i was surprised how it happen? is there anything run even when i power off the system? Let say in my time it was 7.30 ...
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Why am I unable to use my Windows 8 after installing Windows 7 in a separate partition?

Previously I had dual boot I.e, Windows 8 in G:drive and Windows 7 in C:drive. Since I had slow performance in Windows 7 I had to remove and re-install Windows 7 again in C:drive. so while starting ...
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What's the best Free OS available right now or soon will be? [closed]

My only familiarity is with win7. I'm looking for best new os system. That is light and fast, and can do everything. I have heard about ubuntu. But don't know if it's the best out there. So i want ...
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Computer claims operating system not found but the hard disk drive is fully operational

I’ve got this Dell XPS 15z laptop laying around with a broken hard driving. I swapped the hard disk drive (same format) of another laptop for an SSD. So I thought I could try to make it work again by ...
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Formatted PC wont boot from CD

I cleaned the HDD of an old PC with Hiren Boot CD to make a DIY server and it worked fine. I now have very clean hard drive. The problem is when I tried to put an iso of ubuntu server onto the machine ...
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What is “NT AUTHORITY” and “NT SERVICE”

I can find many info on what is "NT AUTHORITY" slash "something". Same for "NT SERVICE". But not for the part before the slash. I run into them from time to time in my work. I might receive ...
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Does Operating System modify BIOS in any way?

I am reading the book: How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology and in Chapter 4 the author says: The operating system does not work alone. It depends not only on the cooperation of other ...
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Cant load any os installation on laptop

So I have downloaded Kali operating system and checked on my main computer (not laptop) if I burned it correctly to the DVD. The disk was running fine and the os installation showed up. However, when ...
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Install Windows 7, keeping pre-installed Windows 8 (dual boot)?

I have a Samsung notebook with pre-installed Windows 8: how can I install Windows 7 in dual boot? I have read there might be some problems, since Windows 8 runs on GPT partitions, and Windows 7 might ...
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Windows 8.1 shows activated in computer property, but i encounter message saying 'windows will expire soon'

I have got my Lenovo Z50-70 about one month ago with Windows 8.1 Installed. It keeps flashing the message 'Your Windows will expire soon' But when I check activation status it shows me its ...
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Edubuntu stuck on installation

I've had this problem using multiple discs on multiple drives on this one computer. I'm trying to install edubuntu 12.04 on an old desktop. It boots to the disk, I select english and then "install ...
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Why do UIDs start at 0 but PIDs start at 1 in Unix?

During a discussion of Unix operating system concepts, the question was raised, and no one really seemed to be sure. It seems against "the Unix Way" for things to be inconsistent that way, yet it ...
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How to transfer OS from failing hard disk to new external drive?

I have an old Vista Laptop whose hard disk is failing. For various reasons I must have the same exact system back again. I copied the entire OS on the C drive over to a new external drive and made it ...
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Connecting to host OS database from guest OS VirtualBox virtual machine

I’m using Pentaho BI server in a CentOS VirtualBox machine, and now I want to connect it to an SQL Server database that I am running in my Windows host OS (localhost). Is there a simple way to do ...
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how to enable pci hotplug support in ubuntu 13.04

Kindly help. I have a pci-based wifi adapter which is not getting detected when i plugged it into the laptop. OS: Ubuntu 13.04 Kernel version: 3.8.0-19-generic
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Which multi-user operating systems allow a user to see the current command line of other users?

I was reading the manpage of unzip, and ran into the following -P password use password to decrypt encrypted zipfile entries (if any). THIS IS INSECURE! Many multi-user operating ...
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Time Machiine Volumes owned by root

I recently set up time machine to back up to two external USB drives. backups are proceeding fine, but the drives are owned by root and I can't access them via "enter time machine" or via normal ...
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Booting from USB with UEFI bios to install Windows 8.1

I have a Lenovo 11e Yoga laptop. I have installed a new, blank SSD in the system and now I want to reinstall Windows 8.1 (which is what the laptop came with). I created a bootable USB stick using ...
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Prompting for sudo password in a setuid root binary

I have a setuid root binary, with_sudo.bin, with the following source code: /* with_sudo.c */ #include <stdio.h> #include <sys/types.h> #include <unistd.h> #include <stdlib.h> ...
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AMD processor families and models

I want to use hardware performance monitors on my AMD Opteron 6376 processor. Unfortunately, AMD has many manuals and I can't figure out which one I need from this (partial) list: ...
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How do non-realtime OSes capture audio without dropouts when sample rates are so high?

If I plug a line or USB microphone into my PC, I can record audio at 44.1kHz. That's one sample of audio about every 23 microseconds. The audio wave must be sampled and played back precisely or it ...
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After formatting External Harddrive, Why do hidden OS folders $RECYCLE.BIN, System Volume Information get created

My antivirus ESET Nod 32 was flagging up a virus found in my C:/$Recycle.bin folder, after reinstalling fresh OS I decided to store some things on an external Harddrive and dumped to another PC. My ...
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Why can't I install any OS on samsung

I have laptop call it SAMSUNG OS: WINDOWS 8.1 UNILINGUE 6 BITS (6.3 VERSION 9600) Model: 300E5E/300E4E/300E5V/300E4V BIOS: P02RBE i'm trying to install any OS on it but no luck even i use usb ...
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Can't boot to the original windows 8.1

After purchasing an SSD, I decided to install Windows 8.1 on it. I originally had Windows 8.1 on my Western Digital Hard drive. But now, I cannot boot to it and there is no option to select an ...
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Not showing bootmenu

I had both Ubuntu 12.04 and windows 7 on my Hp desktop and it was working properly.Now the problem is when I tried to boot the system it is not going to the boot menu instead it continuously blinks ...
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windows 8 boot error

Hi I am using Sony Vaio laptop with windows 8 OS, when I power on my laptop blue screen appears and it says your PC needs to be repaired, a required device not connected or cannot be accessed Error ...
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What factors can affect a disk's seek time?

sorry for the beginner question. I am learning about how fast a disk can do its process (read/write) and move between tracks. One if the factor related to this is disk's seek time. I am curious, in ...
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How does a driver actually communicate with an hardware device? [closed]

I already know what a driver is and in the answers of this old question What is a driver, and how does it work? you can find some simple and high level definitions of what a driver is. My question is ...
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How does sleep system call works?

An application may ask the OS to pause their process for 0.5 seconds, but how does that work? The CPU doesn't simply stop running for that 0.5 second as other programs work well simultaneously, so ...