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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Is file system part of operating system?

I was wondering if a file system on a storage device is part of OS? I don't think it is. Instead it is part of the storage device, and exists outside of any OS although was created by an OS. Is my ...
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Restore image of c drive automatically daily [on hold]

In my current project we need to format computer and install operating system (Windows) daily. Is there any free / opensourse solution for this ? We do take images of c drive and restore it using 3rd ...
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Why do System Restore points vary in size so much on Windows XP?

I've just been looking on my Win XP system with TreeSize Free and find that in System Volume Information I have 18 Restore Points taking up around 12.2 GB of disk space in total. I also find that the ...
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My Toshiba laptop restarts again and again

Please help on how to fix my Toshiba laptop, after reformatting all data has installed properly driver's are perfectly installed and no error, after installing I restarted my laptop as the ...
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How large is the Win7 operating system?

I'd like to know how large Windows 7 is, but I'm not sure where to look, and haven't found any information through Google. Is it possible to know this information about an operating system?
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window 7 cannot stop looping for failure configuring windows updates reverting changes

Anyone have this kind of problem before? I shut down my computer and I restart it. I can just see my screen show me about this line" failure configuring windows updates revert changes." After that, ...
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How to make windows flat form operating systems in single BOOTABLE DVD [on hold]

How to make windows flat form operating systems in single BOOTABLE DVD plese help me any one knows how to make process details
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Zorin no Kernel. Hard Drive is completely wiped after installing

I installed Zorin successfully, but I wiped eveyrthing that was previously on my hard drive. So when I boot up I'm in grub. I typed "grub> boot". But its saying I need to load a kernel. I have no idea ...
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Change the system partition in Windows XP

I attached two hard disks (Disk 1 and Disk 2) to an old computer system while installing Windows XP. Disk 1 is IDE and Disk 2 is SATA. I wanted to install Windows XP on Disk 1. Disk 2 was meant for ...
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Loading freedos no kernel sys

I have tried using testdisk for many times on several external drive, however, this time I accidentally rewrite the MBR on the system drive itself that result to my computer unable to boot to its OS. ...
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The CPU visible in Resource Manager are physical cores or logical processors?

The Resource Manager that pops out from Task Manager in Windows Operating Systems shows CPU consumption on the CPU tab for each of the different CPUs. I get 4 CPUs on my tab. Are they all physical ...
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Is it possible to recover data after disk' gpt to mbr conversion?

I tried to install windows that requires mbr system to a gpt system. I converted gpt to mbr using diskpart utility. After it all my logical disks disappeared and only one (with total amount of space) ...
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What determines endianness

I was wondering if endianness only depends on CPU? Does it depends on other hardware, such as memory, secondary storage device? Does it depends on OS? Why in Wikipedia, does it seem to be true? ...
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What actually happens when computer hangs [on hold]

When we come to a point where computer hangs, what does actually happen inside of Windows's or Linux's kernel? Could a user space application be the cause that a whole os i frozen or could it just ...
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Why process switching does not make our computing experience discontinuous

We are all aware that CPU is switching between processes it is running, but how come we never experience any discontinuation while CPU is switching and we are using applications? I would say this is ...
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Widows 7 Pro install [closed]

I downloaded the win 7 pro 64 bit from the internet and made a copy of it on a dvd discand it will not install the OS just repair it. What am I doing wrong?
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Best Linux Operating System for Software Development (Java/Android..) [closed]

Hii Everyone here is my System Configuration Motherboard : Asrock G31M-VS Processor : Dual Core 2.5GHZ RAM : 4GB DDR2 800MHZ Please Suggest me Best Linux Distribution for development ...
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How to map host PCI device to virtualbox?

In a virtual box it is possible to map host's USB device. But is it not possible to map host's PCI device to guest system? How is it possible to connect (map) a PCI device to guest OS? Our host ...
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Redirecting or routing all traffic to OpenVPN on a Mac OS X client

I have configured an OpenVPN (2.2.1) server on an Ubuntu virtual machine in the Amazon elastic compute cloud. The server is up and running. I have installed OpenVPN (2.2.1) on a Mac OS X (10.8.2) ...
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Macbook Pro Triple Boot OS X Lion, Windows 7 and Windows 8

MacBook Pro (Summer 2010 Model, Basic Model) I currently have OS X Lion and Windows 7 running side by side on my MacBook Pro. However I have a need to get Windows 8 running as well in this mix (a ...
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What is the maximum number of partitions that can be made on a hard drive?

What is the maximum number of partitions we can make on hard disk in Windows? If it is limited to some particular number, why can we assign all the letters C through Z to drives? If it is a special ...
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Installing OS from external hard drive without formatting it

I've a 1 terabyte WD external hard drive and there are images of Linux OS on it, is there any way to boot them from this external drive without formatting all 1 terabyte space?(there are many file ...
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What's the difference between an Application, Process, and Services?

How are these fundamentally different "things" on Windows? Aren't all running things Processes? It seems that every Application has an associated process that shuts it down if it is shut down. ...
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Why can't a 64 bit OS run a 16 bit application?

Why is it that a 32 bit OS which is installed on a 64 bit CPU can run old DOS 16 bit applications, but if you install a 64 bit OS it can't run those applications directly and need some sort of ...
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Does a virtual machine have a virtual machine monitor by definition?

Saw this post but couldn't comment: VM sandboxing- what happens? Is it possible to have a virtual machine (vm) without a virtual machine monitor (vmm)/hypervisor, or if you have one virtual machine ...
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Dual Boot At the Same Time

Assume I have a Linux host, with Windows-7 installed in a partition on the same drive. Is it possible to boot into Linux, save its state to memory (Hibernate, essentially) then boot up Windows right ...
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How does USB device recognition work?

I'm curious how USB device recognition works in Windows. I imagine it's something like this: When you plug in a device, it tells Windows "here's my device ID to tell you what I am" Windows looks to ...
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Hide (Encrypted) windows installation under Linux

I've got a PC running Linux (Ubuntu, in case it makes any difference). I want to install windows (Seven) to a hidden-encrypted partition on that drive. So on boot-up I have a selection screen: If ...
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My personal laptop crashed due to change in config file

My Personal Laptop crashed yesterday with the message "windows is not booting because of previous hardware or software change", change is system config file "C:/../windows/system/config value = ...
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Can a motherboard detect a WinToUSB installation?

I want to install Windows 8 on a computer that doesn't have USB ports and won't detect CD drives. I detached the IDE hard drive so I can install Windows with WinToUSB using a IDE/SATA USB adapter. ...
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When you copy a file , where is it stored?

When you right click and copy a file before pasting , is the file duplicated and stored in some temporary place before it gets transferred to main memory for storage , what actually happens beneath ...
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Larger MS-DOS Img file?

I am making an operating system based on ms-dos and using a program called win image to edit an ms-dos .img file, the program only lets me inject at total size of 2.88mb worth of files and i would ...
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How does the system identify an executable file

How does the system identify an executable file from a data file or a media file...is the system just looking for known extensions or is there something more low level that determines whether its ...
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Windows 7 laptop suddenly very slow; cannot determine cause

I am working on a friend's laptop that became suddenly slow - to the point of not being usable. Boot time is fine, but Windows 7 takes forever to load and run. It is an HP Pavilion dv6. Here is the ...
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Manipulated bootable DVD

I have a burned bootalbe-DVD, which I installed on an older PC. Later I had concerns that this DVD could be manipulated. What I did to check it: I burned this DVD myself and copied the files from it ...
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How can a computer run a program that's larger than RAM's limit?

For example, my RAM is 32 MB, but Windows 98's complete data uses over 200 MB. Assuming that the "whole OS" is loaded in to RAM, how could it all fit there is RAM is just 32 MB? Or am I looking at ...
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Is it possible for a directory to get unlinked while its contained files remain?

I used to wonder why deleting directories via PHP or shell wasn't as easy as it was in Windows with just clicking delete. I realize now that deleting is simply unlinking files from the file allocation ...
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Can I get back data of previosly install ubuntu machine from recently installed windows7 [duplicate]

> Someday back i formatted my Ubuntu machine and installed windows > machine i forgot to copy the data so can i get back the data which is > previously installed in Ubuntu from recently ...
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How to delete the other Windows Operating System when I have two

I have two Windows 7, one in drive C and other in drive D. I use the one in drive D. I want to remove the one present in drive C, to find more free disk space. But I cannot delete the Windows folder ...
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how to use sysprep and imagex for disk with one than partitions?

Anybody knows how to use sysprep and imagex to create image and deploy that image when the original disk has more than one partitions on it?
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How to Install Windows XP over Windows 7?

I have a Dell laptop that came pre-installed with Windows 7. When I try to install Windows XP on it, Windows 7 does not allow me to. I don't want a dual boot system, I just want Windows XP on my ...
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Does Windows still rely on MS-DOS?

I am just about to start an OS course and as an Apple user I am not very familiar with the underlying details of Windows OS. I was wondering, is MS DOS still used with Windows running on top or is ...
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Use physical harddisk in Virtual Box

Using Virtual Box, how can I install an OS to a secondary, physical disk, and boot it in both (at separate times) Virtual Box, and as a typical secondary OS install?
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Is my OS installed onto my SSD?

I ordered a new laptop that came with a 500 GB HDD, so I added a 128 GB SSD. I kind of assumed they would install the OS onto the SSD since in my experience that has been the norm. I'm pretty sure ...
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Does any operational systems differentiate between “edit” and “open”?

Using the java.awt.Desktop class in an application, I noticed that you can call various actions on files. It's possible to both call an edit - and open action on, say html files, which in theory then ...
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What is going to happen if I activate oem windows on two computers?

What if I activate oem os with a key on a computer and after do the same on another? What will be displayed on the firts computer, which one will be blocked?
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An operating system wasn't found

When I boot my computer, it boots fine. When I restart it though, I get the following error: An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system. ...
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Installing WIndows 8(ISO) on ubuntu [closed]

in windows 7, just mounted the windows 8 iso image and i ran setup.exe . it upgraded to windows 8. but in ubuntu 13.10 i cannot do so,i even tried booting from USB,"it says "failed to load operating ...
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How to see what excatly is copied (in html code) when I copy from website content in Chrome or other modern browsers?

When I copy some text content from a website, I would assume the content is stored as html in clipboard since it tends to keep formats. And those htmls are different from the ones in page source ...
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is it possible to run multiples of the same operating system one one computer at the same time?

I am attempting to run multiple systems at once one ONE computer all at the same time. Is this at all possible? my knowledge of computers and technology is limited, but to give you a little more ...