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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What is meant by a 32-bit PC vs. 64-bit PC?

What is exactly meant by 32-bit PC and 64-bit PC? Why does 32-bit software run on 64-bit PCs, but 64-bit software doesn't run on 32-bit machines? A 64-bit instruction set is written as 'x64'. Why is ...
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Windows/OSX execution and load tree [on hold]

I'm curious to learn how an operative system works from an execution and loading perspective. What is the first thing and the last an operative system executes, loads and does to prepare it for the ...
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CMD Operating System? [on hold]

Is there an operating system that uses only a Command? In other words, instead of clicking the programs with the mouse one would do it with the keyboard.
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Hardware issues running Linux from USB [on hold]

I'm aware there are potential drawbacks when running Linux off a USB drive such as SATA bus/USB speed differences and the finite lifespan of flash drives, but all this aside, are there any potential ...
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Is it possible to deactivate preinstalled windows software and install it on a mac using Boot Camp?

There is a program that I would like to download for mac, but it didn't make a version specifically for mac yet. I have a PC with windows 7 on it (including the license key). Is it possible to ...
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Remove Leftover Thunderbird Notification Popup from Screen (Windows 8 Os)

I hope this question is within the scope of this stack exchange community. Thunderbird has a popup notification for new mail(see image), and for some reason, it got stuck in my screen. I was wondering ...
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How do I print multiple images to one page on Chrome OS?

I cannot seem to figure out how to print multiple pictures per page using Chrome OS. Would appreciate any advice. I'm googling and searching for a Chrome OS app or extension now, but so far no luck. ...
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View all login history on macbook pro OS 10.6.8

What command can I use in terminal to see login history? I think it's possible someone created a hidden account or booted the machine in safe mode.
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Move hdd to other laptop, need Win7 reinstall? [duplicate]

A Thinkpad T61p died (motherboard), I think hdd is ok. I then mounted the hdd in a Thinkpad R61i; after hardware change warning, it gave BSOD and instantly shut down. Is it possible to maintain ...
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How many letters can copy in a single instance?

We're always use Copy & Paste function in various OS's . Now, I want to know how many bytes can copy in a single copy command. Can I copy entire letters from Oxford dictionary on a single "CTRL + ...
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What is the equivalent of the Windows “Startup Folder” In Mac OS?

In Windows OS there is a “Startup Folder.” We can simply create a shortcut to the folder. Then, after the next computer reboot, the application or file will be executed automatically. How to do it ...
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Installing Windows XP from the Hard Drive

I have an old pc that does not support Windows XP installation using flash drive, the only way to get it done is to boot it from its hard drive(since I dont have a CD/DVD Drive). Can you give a step ...
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OS agnostic analog data input

I want to input an analog signal (for concreteness, temperature from a thermocouple) into a computer. The sampling rate should be at least several times (say, 10) per second. Moreover, I want to be ...
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Hardware Support for Paging

The address consists of 16 bits, and the page size is 8KB. The page table thus consists of eight entries that are kept in fast registers. How do we get the total entries in the page table as 8? ...
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Extra Program Files folder in Win7 and its removal

A WIN7SP1 on a Dell laptop showed an extra Program Files folder ('Programme' in German language version). How to get rid of it? The Dell laptop is from Ebay and the OS seems to have been flashed on ...
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Maximum virtual memory and physical memory

A Intel 64-bit x86 CPU,four-level hierarchical page table.Each for levels of page table can contain 512 entries, and the page size is 4KB. What's the maximum size for virtual memory and physical ...
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Block unwanted change in system time on windows

I don't want users to be able to change the system time. For this, I have set the Group Policy "Change the system time" to include only my Administrator account. I want to know the validity of this ...
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How can cpu-intensive processes slow down a system despite having a scheduler?

I've encountered it on both Windows and Linux that if some process is doing some heavy work and the cpu is under a lot of stress, the whole system can sort of freeze, other processes get slow, etc. ...
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Why do people still make 32 bit software [closed]

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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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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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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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 ...