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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how do operating systems differentiate files? [closed]

I'm new in programming and computers. So here is my question: When I double click for example .exe or .jpg file how does operating system know how to behave with that file? I mean, is the file ...
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Can MacOS be run on a PC? [duplicate]

In order to fully clarify my question, here's what I intend. I have a notebook running Windows 10 on an Intel Core 2 Duo and 3 GB of RAM. I intend to run MacOS (the apple operating system) on this ...
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Lightweight OS for Acer 5532

I have this old laptop with the following specification: Processor: 1.6GHz AMD Athlon 64 TF-20 Ram : 3GB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz Storage : 160GB at 5,400rpm Graphics : ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 ...
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How does one find out if a computer can run either a 32 or 64-bit OS, without an OS being installed on it? [duplicate]

See title. I am trying to figure out if it's possible for someone to find the proper information without an OS being on the machine in question. Usually there are a number of programs you could use ...
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100% cpu usage on both linux and windows

On both windows 8.1 and my kubuntu linux I get 100% cpu usage on first cpu core (core0). In windows 8.1 it shows that acpi.sys is what causing the 100% cpu usage. But the problem is on linux too. ...
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One boot menu for two OS on two separate hard drives

So here's the hypothetical situation. I have two Solid State Drives, both 250gb. I'm wanting to install windows 7/10 on one of these drives, as well as Linux Fedora Workstation on the other. Ideally, ...
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Different sized data blocks in a single file system

In Unix, each file uses one inode and each inode, in turn, may use a variety of number of blocks to store data. The size of the blocks in a file system may be configured or chosen but it must be ...
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How to set up Windows on VM using Powershell (Hyper-V)

I know how to create a VM and I know how to start that VM on Hyper-V using the script of Powershell but it's the first use of the VM so I need to set up Windows and I don't know how using the ...
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Reinstalling windows from usb

I have a bootable usb and i want to reinstall windows on my PC. But I have a strange problem, this is my boot menu when usb isn't connected: And this is boot menu when usb is connected (only one): ...
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Is it possible to reinstall the OS on my Android device (and should I)? [closed]

My Android device is a few years old, and like any computer it's slowed down over the years. It takes forever to boot up, the interface lags, and launching apps takes forever. When the same thing ...
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What should I do to ensure that multiple OSs installed on a computer work together? [closed]

If I have multiple OSs installed on a single computer (e.g. Windows 10, Mac OS X El Capitan, and Arch Linux), what can I do to make these OSs work together better? Is it possible to synchronize ...
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how to remove WINDOW OS from another drive?

Here I have two OS in my laptop one Window 10 in C: drive and second is Window 7 in F: drive. When I start my laptop it ask select one OS. So how to remove Window 7 in my laptop without format my ...
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How operating system exporting window screen to projector?

I have some queries regarding how operating system exporting window screen to projector to display on some screen?. For Example: When we open power point presentation on our laptop/desktop and ...
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Bypass Windows GUI completely [closed]

Say I want to create a computer for end-users that uses Windows but the average user should generally not have to think about the fact that it is a Windows PC (except for minimum notifications ...
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Mac doesn't recognize USB

Details about the Mac: MacBook Pro 13" Processor 2.5 GHZ Memory 8GB 1600 MHZ Since I upgraded my Mac version to Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), the Mac doesn’t recognize any USB devices. Neither disc ...
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What is it that makes Windows require constant rebooting while Linux does not? [duplicate]

Like many people, I run dual systems on my computer. Important updates require constant reboots on Windows, while I don't think this ever happened to me on Linux. What properties of each OS decides ...
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How should I set up a version of Linux so that it will use absolutely the smallest amount of RAM possible? [closed]

I need to set up a bunch of virtual machines using virtualbox. They are all going to be used for exactly one task, and nothing else. I want to run as many as I possibly can at once, but have limited ...
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OS password protect

My brother is an IT guy and uses my computer like it's his own. I have windows 10 now. The standard OS password will not work because he knows how to get around it. Google is useless to help. How can ...
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RAMDISK OS? Installing Windows 10 on a ramdisk

Is it possible to put the entire operating system on a ram disk? If I have 16 GB of RAM and it is an Intel Xeon. I don't have an SSD and my hard drive is killing my boot time. So can I just allocate ...
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Does Windows 7 safemode block vendor-specific chipset, USB, and audio drivers? Can the loading of incorrect drivers result in catastrophic failures?

My Gigabyte motherboard shorted and fried my Ivy Bridge CPU. I have repurchased a new motherboard (Asus H170) and CPU (Skylake). Just like previous users on this site (1 and 2*), I want to reuse my ...
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Why do OS's have to be placed on HD's and not separated on updateable chips of their own?

Imagine we lived in a world where we'd never have to worry about modifying or deleting an important system file, where we'd be virtually immune to RAT's or viruses interfering with the operation of ...
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Need help dealing with a full Ubuntu crash on a Chromebook

I’ve had Ubuntu/Crouton installed on my Chromebook (HP 2014 Chromebook) for a few months now, but suddenly nothing is working. I installed Ubuntu on it using Crouton a few months ago but I’m not sure ...
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How to build your own Linux distro with LFS

I have built an OS from Linux From Scratch (LFS). I would like to make it installable on other systems as we install from CD/DVD with other distros, instead of building it from scratch on each ...
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How to remove a Windows installation if you have two on your computer? [duplicate]

I have two Windows operating systems installed on my computer. One is Windows 7 or Vista and the other one is Windows 10. I want to keep Windows 10 and remove the other one. How do I do this?
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Can you swap 2 harddrives in one computer back and forth? [closed]

I wanted to develop for mac, but the thing is that i dont have a mac. I was wondering if i could just buy another hdd, and then download the mac os so i dont have to dual boot, which i heard slowed ...
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Processors and virtual/physical addresses

In nutshell, as I understand memory management, processor produces virtual addresses. These addresses are translated to corresponding physical addresses using per-process address table by MMU (with ...
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What happens when you enter an incorrect password in an os? [duplicate]

I have found that in any operating system, when you enter the correct password the password box directly disappears whereas when you type an incorrect password it keeps loading for a second and then ...
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how to create customized operating system booting disc

I want to know how to create customized OS booting disc (like HIREN boot disc), with some basic software like CCleaner,VLC,MS Office,Chrome,Firefox ,etc. I want to create a Windows 7 customized ...
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Install Kali Linux on External Hard Drive Disk

I am interested if is it possible to install Kali Linux Sana 2.0 on external hard drive disk or not and if it is possible, how to format external HDD(NTFS or FAT32 or exFAT) an install OS Kali Linux ...
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Error while Upgrading OSX El Capitan GM Beta “This core operation is not allowed on a sparse logical volume group”

I'm trying to upgrade my Mid 2014 Macbook pro from OSX Yosemite to El Capitan GM Beta. I have downloaded update today but while upgrading, installation stops and throws the following error. OS X ...
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How many hours the PC has worked

I will buy a used PC and I want to know how many hours the PC has worked. I have already found : systeminfo | findstr /C:"Install Date" systeminfo | findstr /C:"BIOS Version" but I need to know ...
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Linux kernel working only on kernel mode [closed]

Porting the Linux kernel to an architecture that has no execution modes (is always in kernel mode) and has no MMUs seems like a very unprotected system. Would it be possible to make Linux run in that ...
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Should I use 32 or 64 bit Windows? [closed]

My Mother Board is Intel® 945G Express Chipset (Intel® 82945G Memory Controller) & Processor is Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz, 2793 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s). I am using ...
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If I delete pre-installed Windows 8.1, is it lost forever?

There's this Asus X200MA with fixed 2GB RAM and pre-installed Windows 8.1 . 2GB RAM + Windows combination makes a sad computer and a frustrated user. So I want to install Elementary OS Freya on it. I ...
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Out of physical memory on notebook - Correct approach?

I have a Fedora 21 on my notebook and it sometimes runs out of memory. The notebook has 4GB of system RAM and the OS takes up only about 450MB of disk space. I am sure that the culprit is Chromium; ...
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Windows OS on external hard drive

Is it possible to install Windows OS to plug and play storage device such as external hard drives, HDD enclosures (with SATA hard drives), USB flashdrives[1] and the likes? What OS's? And if it's ...
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Dual boot - Windows 7 and 10 - On separate drives. Are BIOS or EasyBCD the only options?

I have a desktop Windows PC with two drives. One has a complete Windows 7 installation and the second is now fully upgraded to Windows 10. I want to see a menu choice of operating systems on boot up. ...
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Installation of Windows XP SP2 using a bootable USB on a tablet

I bought an second hand tablet. Fortunately the drivers are still available but only for Windows XP SP2. I have to install Windows XP SP2 in it but I don't have a CD-ROM so I need to make my USB ...
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How to connect removable disk to an infected PC

What precautions should I take before connecting a removable storage device (like pendrives, External HDD, Memory cards) to an infected PC to avoid spreding infection to the removable disk? There ...
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I want to run OSX from my second hard drive on a Non-Mac [closed]

So I've heard of machines like Hackintoshes, but I don't want to build a whole separate system just to do a few things in OSX. Is it possible to just install OSX on my second hard drive and dual boot ...
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Pagefile.sys files on Windows

I was going through my computer to understand what's taking up space. I stumbled upon this file as one of them. A little checks led me to understand that it's a system file where Windows stores docile ...
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what to put on HDD and SSD? [duplicate]

I'm building a new computer with a 1 terabyte HDD and a 256 gigabyte SSD. i want to put my OS on my SSD I mainly play steam games and I was wondering if I should put the games on the SSD or the ...
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Will MessageboxDefaultReply stop critical windows error messages appearing?

Developing a Windows Embedded Standard 7 kiosk machine with a locked down custom shell. I would like to stop messageboxes appearing. I would like to use MessageboxDefaultReply, however I would like ...
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BSOD: Error code:0x0000007B

Recently I received a "Blue Screen of Death".The error message I recieved was "A problem was detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.Error code:0x0000007B" Steps ...
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How to stretch a guest OS on VMware?

I'm running several OSes on VMware. I want to stretch them so I can run them on full screen, but they appear only in the middle. Only one is working and fitting the whole screen. What is the problem? ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installation USB not recognized when boot from UEFI

My HDD is GPT disk. I installed Windows 8.2 before, now I make an Ubuntu installation USB by Universal USB Installer, in BIOS boot menu (I set is to UEFI boot before), I can't see my Boot USB in UEFI ...
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Can't install Windows 8.1 due to driver error during Windows setup

I just built my first PC, and I'm having trouble installing Windows. I wanted to install Windows 8.1, but I ended up installing Ubuntu because I could not manage to install Windows 8.1 due to an ...
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recovery disc 2 not detected, recovery not progressing from 51%

I made system recovery disc,using dell back up and recovery.It requires 2 disc. Now i want to recover,during recovery after completing 1st disc with 51%,computer asks to insert disc 2.I inserted it ...
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Windows 10: Error accessing certain settings

I've just completed a clean install of Windows 10 Pro on my Thinkpad W520 (4270cto) and I've noticed a strange error that occurs when attempting to adjust certain system settings. For example, if I ...
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Is it possible to change the Windows System Language without complete reinstall? [duplicate]

I am not speaking of the display language (installing an MUI-package). I am talking about changing the language of the whole OS (the language you choose when you install Windows). Is this in any way ...