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 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 ...
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How to use RAM for OS Storage?

I recently heard from my friend that you can modify the RAM so that it can be used to boot the OS and it would work even faster than SSDs. I don't expect to run Windows on it but maybe some Linux ...
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Using multiple OS's on a UEFI secure boot system

I wanted to install Ubuntu on a windows 8.1 system but I don't want to use GRUB or replace my current boot loader. Can I install multiple OS's without showing a prompt to select An OS unless I press a ...
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How to Delete Mac from PC

I just got to know that it is illegal to run Mac OS X on my PC. I already have Windows 8.1 installed, and I just formatted the Mac OS X HDD Drive. When I boot my computer on it takes me to the Mac OS ...
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Booting from USB on Asus T100TA

I have read that booting other operating systems via USB is theoretically possible on the Asus Transformer book, but I have not been able to get it to work. The main issue from booting on Windows 8.1 ...
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Natural/Australian scrolling on Asus Chromebox

I am using a Logitech T630 mouse on my Asus Chromebox and would like to enable Australian scolling. Unfortunately this option is not available in the mouse settings dialog. Any suggestions on how to ...
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Lenovo B490 can not boot up to OS

I am new to this forum, please suggest me if there is need of modification of my first post. I posted it in stackoverflow but I got suggestions to move my problem here. When I open my laptop, it ...
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How to check Windows version installed on Hard Drive?

How do I check which version of Windows is installed on an old hard drive, from a Linux command line?
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Does every OS need RAM?

Is there an OS which can be used without RAM, specifically the kind I can create a bootable pendrive from and use it in the computer? This gets awkward, since booting is essentially loading OS in ...
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Cannot install Kali linux

I am trying to install kali linux. My laptop is 64bit. I am trying to use bootable usb drive. It is giving me this error saying "An installation step failed, You can run the failing item again from ...
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Executing a c operating system inside VMWorkstation [closed]

I am planning on starting development a small, simple operating system, however I am unsure about a starting point.Would running the code inside a VM without a OS in it be the best approach at ...
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Is there a way where I can restart lotus automatically when windows system is started and after crash?

I am aware that some files can be loaded when OS boots so that the launch of Lotus gets faster but is there a way I can launch Lotus completely and even in case of a crash, can i launch lotus without ...
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Dual monitors dual OS's?

Quick and painless, I have a partitioned SSD with win 7 and Linux back box on it and I just bought a second monitor. I was wondering if one monitor could display win7 and the other back box off the ...
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Laptop suddenly off without notice the battery level

My laptop is HP Probook 4540s and running on Widows 7 32bit OS. My battery may be week now. But the problem is Laptop suddenly off without notice the battery level. Not shutting down or hibernateing. ...
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Deleting an operating system entry from bootloader menu

yesterday I installed Windows 8.1 while I had Windows 7 already installed. Now, once I boot up my laptop, it asks me whether I want Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 booted up. I want that to go away, I want ...
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Cmd-Tab will not send dialogue to background

Hi I recently did a clean install of Mavericks 10.9.4 as I was having numerous issues from upgrading. Although everything is running well I have noticed that active dialogue boxes such as a large file ...
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How to completely delete Chrome OS and replace it with linux?

as you can see in the title I have a question regarding chrombooks. I would like to format the internal storage and install Linux (manjaro hopefully) and I would prefer to not have to use crouton. The ...
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Is there a way to prevent new OSes from being installed over the current OS?

I'm trying to make it easier to recover my laptop in case of theft. I already have Prey installed to give me my laptop's location. However, anyone can easily install a new OS, rendering Prey useless. ...
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Operation System Clone from a Motherboard to Another [closed]

Lately we had an idea with my Family of building a Super Computer from Scratch. So while we were planning on building our setup, one idea came to my head that it seems possible but i want also your ...
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32-bit to 64-bit skipping 48-bit?

Computer architecture upgraded from 16-bit to 32-bit to 64-bit. What was the logic for skipping 48-bit? What reasoning was used to upgrade to 64-bit and not some other exponent? The following tables ...
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Is it possible to download the OS from Microsoft for Windows 7 Professional 64-bit? [duplicate]

I need to replace the Operating System in an HP Elite book 6930p which has a Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Operating System. I have heard I can download a full version of this OS for free from ...
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Windows 8.0 unable to display FAT32 external hard disk in “Computer”

My Windows 8.0 is unable to display my external hard disk which has important files and works well on Mac. I know Windows uses the NTFS file system which is "more secure". I need to format it as ...
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openfirmware boot legacy BIOS payload

If I run openfirmware via floppy, is there something like a legacy boot option? While booting, the BIOS creates interrupts like int 0x13, can I use them if I start openfirmware after the BIOS? I am ...
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Copy Fedora Operating System with settings to USB?

I have a fedora machine running on my PC and I have certain software and configuration that I use often. I want to copy Fedora with all these settings and software to USB and make USB boot-able. I ...
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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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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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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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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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What actually happens when computer hangs [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to solve kernel panic issue

I have a Debian OS upgraded from to 2.6 to 3.4 in my PC. All of a sudden some basic commands like ls and sudo were not working (by mistake I deleted some files in the root folder). I was getting a ...
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Android on FPGA

I would like to know is it possible to put android on FPGA specifically Digilent Atlys board which I have ? What would be a better way to learn on installing Android on custom hardware ? I have ...
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Creating a bootable disc from an ISO file

I am trying to create a bootable DVD disc from an ISO file I downloaded from this website: Ye Olde SteamOSe. My goal is to dual boot this OS on a desktop(32-bit) I have, but I haven't been able to ...