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 operating system is recommended for older systems? [closed]

I found an old laptop (MAXDATA ECO 4000A). What operating system should I install to make it run well? I need it for browsing the net only.
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What is SYSTAG.BIN on Windows 7?

I have a file named SYSTAG.BIN in my operating system root folder - what is it? is it safe to delete it? (couldn't find info about it on google)
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need to recover deleted partition in windows xp

by mistake i delete 2 the partitions from windows xp , from control panel--> Disk Management. I had very important data in those partitions. I need to recover both the partitions. I need help.
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How to create an operating system on top of Ubuntu 13.10

I want create an operating system the way Mac did, building a program on top of a Unix operating system. I am planning to make a small operating system with a small amount of functions using C. I do ...
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Can powering off a VM (without properly shutting down) harm the OS?

Powering down a physical PC can potentially cause issues, especially if the hard drive is being written to at the time. Can the same problem occur when I power off a VM in VirtualBox? Every time I ...
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Skip Force Shutdown

When I tell my computer to shutdown it would be nice if it just skipped over the part where it says bla bla bla app is still open. I just want it to automatically force shutdown without asking me.
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What is the actual function of windows services? [closed]

I'm doing a UK A Level IT course and i just wanted to know what the actual function of windows services are. I know they are background processes, that don't need user intervention but what do they ...
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What does an ACPI BIOS configure during boot?

When a PC boots with an ACPI BIOS, what does it exactly do? I understand that the point of ACPI is to allow the OS to control hardware resources and power management but before the OS is loaded ...
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Fax from Mac OS X 10.6 via bluetooth phone?

I have my MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.6.8 set up to connect via Bluetooth to my Samsung Galaxy SII phone for file sharing and it works fine. Now, I am wondering if there is a way to use my phone as ...
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Does an improper shutdown cause harm to the underlying OS or hardware?

Does sudden shut down due to power failure do any harm to the underlying OS or hardware ? My laptop's battery is dead, so sometimes due to power failure or due to some other reason there is an ...
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What does it mean if a laptop has been erased but has a Certificate of Authenticity?

I thinking about buying an HP 20-B013 All in One 20" on Ebay, but the description says This All In One is in very good condition. The screen has no marks. The hard drive was erased, so there is ...
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Will applications running in root mode be able to overwrite OS's or other program's memory section?

I read here that any application running in root mode can issue a kernel call and execute in kernel mode. Is is possible that ANY application running in root mode can make a kernel call, go to kernel ...
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Is there fusion drive style solution there for Linux and Windows?

Is there fusion drive style (like in iMac where the SSD acts as storage space rather than cache) solution there for Linux and Windows?
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Name of Operating Systems used in spaceships? [closed]

I want to know the names of different operating systems used in different spaceships to contol all type of operations including communication, navigation and all others.
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Problems updating to Windows 8.1

Yesterday I attempted to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8. My brother downloaded it on his computer the day before and I got it from the Windows store. It downloaded and prompted me to restart, ...
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What happens in a ARM based system before the OS is loaded?

What happens in a ARM based system before the OS is loaded and do they have BIOS, drivers, MBR or a different approach instead of these?
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Is the operating system installed on the ROM of the ARM device? [closed]

Is the operating system installed on the ROM of the ARM device (when changing OS in the smartphone, I find the term “changing the ROM” being used)?
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Is specific OS build needed for specific ARM based device?

In a ARM based system is it necessary for the OS build to be specifically tailored for the system it is intended to be installed to?
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Is it possible to install OS and then drivers in ARM system like in Desktops? [closed]

Is it possible to download a standard OS disc image from a site and install the OS and then drivers for the system in an ARM based system like in Desktop/Laptop?
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MAC OS for Intel based PCs [closed]

I have an Intel dual core PC with 4GB of RAM and Graphics card. For on of my student Assignment I need to install Latest possible MAC OS on my system as a secondary OS. Like on boot it asks me that ...
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Restoring mac to pre OS install attempt

I recently tried to install the new OS X maverick, but about 4 min into the process it told me my disk needed to be repaired. That I should back up my stuff and restore the drive. I will do that, but ...
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Is it Possible to Increase Display Resolution for OS X Maverick

The new OS X Maverick operating system has reduced maximum display resolution from 1920 x 1200 in Mountain Lion to 1680 x 1050, which is a SIZABLE reduction. The difference is obvious when viewing ...
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How can I use a different location, other than my C drive, to store my programs and desktop?

I got a SSD which has enough room to run my OP and install my drivers. I want to know how to put C:\Users......\Desktop in a new location like D:\Desktop. I also want to do the same with Programs and ...
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What does “Free” mean when talking about software? [closed]

People always said that Microsoft Windows operating system is not free. What is it mean when it is not free?
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Running multiple OS on a desktop without a host OS [closed]

Is it possible to run multiple OS a desktop parallely? I mean without rebooting. Is it possible by "bare metal virtualization"?
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Switch new hard drive with old hard drive (containing files)

So my old pc is dead. I took off the HDD cause my files are in there. I have this new pc but the hdd is only 80gb. There are no important files in there so i can just throw it away. I want to switch ...
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On modern multicore systems, why doesn't the OS let the user decide which core to use for which application?

Wouldn't it be efficient for the user to be able to assign a certain core to a certain application on modern multicore systems?
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Huge file input/output

My question is a bit general, but the application is very practical. I wonder, how does system (Linux in particular, but general mechanisms are interesting too) handles reading/writing of huge (larger ...
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What does dynamic vs static linking

When it is said that in dynamic linking the linker resolves the addresses of shared libraries at run time, does that mean the same linker that is used in static linker is called at run time? For ...
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How to make bootable recovery pendrive from recovery CDs

I have my Windows 7 back up on 3 recovery DVDs , how do I make bootable recovery pendrive from them, since my CD reader is not working I am unable to use this DVDs to recover my OS. PS: I have another ...
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Error Loading VB 6 Project In Windows 7 - MSComCtl2

I can't open my VB6 project on any Windows 7 machine. I did a clean OS install on a machine. The OS is Windows 7 Pro SP1 32 bit. All I have installed on this machine is VB6 Enterprise and Office 2007 ...
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Windows system partition purpose

Is a system partition just the partition on which the windows OS is installed and nothing more than that. What other purposes does it have? What happens if I fill it up with data, will the system ...
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Linux: Kill process on specific port

How to kill a process if its port is known? For example if a process is running at port 12345 then how it can be terminated in linux/ubuntu.
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What does corei5 and corei7 processor mean? [closed]

I don't find any difference working on corei5 or corei7 processors.Can anyone explain in terms of performance,What are the differnces?
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What type of file is an operating system?

I've been looking up information about operating systems lately, and have yet to find an answer to this question. What type of file is an operating system? Would it be an application(.exe), some ...
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Programmatically uncheck Show Unzipped Files option for Winzip

I am in need of setting the “Show Unzipped Files” under Home > Unzip options to unchecked for the Winzip 16.5 . The default installation of winzip MSI set the “Show Unzipped Files” options as checked ...
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Running Homemade Operating System

Starting out with an operating system you wrote, how could you run it and test it on a computer? Would you have to delete the current operating system that is being used, or could you run one ...
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Is it legal to installing Windows 8 System Builder to my laptop

My laptop has Windows 7 currently and checked the store to buy Windows 8. There are two kind of media. One is System Builder and second is Upgrade. Upgrade costs more that System Builder. Can I just ...
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Can turning off a computer while an OS is running damage the RAM

The question pretty much says it all. I had a problem with RAM and bought new ones. Theoretically, what else could cause RAM problems that can be avoided?
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Will Windows Embedded Compact 2013 run in real time with Microsoft Virtual PC?

Is it possible to dual boot or use Microsoft Virtual PC to run Windows Embedded Compact 2013 on my current Windows 7 Intel PC? How will the real time system execute in these scenarios?
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Can anyone explain me about shared memory in an OS [closed]

Can anyone explain me how is shared memory related to the operating system? Recently I am seeing it mentioned frequently. What does it exactly mean ? It is a part of memory in RAM ?
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Are there any physical causes that slow down computer? [closed]

I recently reinstall the OS in my Windows but it seems that the computer is slower than when I've just bought it new. I thought reinstalling OS would reset the computer to the initial speed. Are there ...
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Can we have drives on Harddisk in Linux like windows?

Can we have different drives on Linux as windows ? In windows I can found the different drives by clicking the MyComputer Icon , and even i can know the disk capacity of that drive. Same thing I ...
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where the installed programs are actually stored? [closed]

I have a confusion always , whether installed programs are stored in hard disk or in RAM ? Can anyone explain me ?
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Can anyone explain what is virtual memory?

In my system I am getting an error like "virtual memory is full". Can anyone explain to me what "virtual memory" is and how to fix that issue?
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what is the services.msc file in windows?

Can anyone explain Actually why windows need services.msc registry ? The programs can be loaded dynamically from system32 right ? when this registry comes into the picture ?
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What happen when we shutdown system during OS update process [duplicate]

I had an interesting question asked for which I didn’t have any clue. I have Googled around this about haven’t found any result of which help me answer this question. So here are the questions: The ...
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Boot Mgt Missing

I have a Vista OS on my Toshiba A305-S683243. I did a complete reformat of the Hard drive. The recovery disks from Toshiba and the most recently purchased one both give me the message "boot management ...
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Using an EFI partition to install an OS instead of bootable USB stick, is it possible?

I found myself with no spare DVDs and no USB stick when I wanted to install a new OS on my laptop, so I started thinking about the UEFI boot process that I recently had done some tinkering with. ...
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Windows fails to install when system has more than 4 GB of memory installed

A) My specs: Intel Core i3 MSI H55M-P31 (4 memory slots; dual channel) DDR3 1333 MHz 2 x 2 GB & 2 x 4 GB (were bought yesterday) and + 2 x 4 GB (borrowed from friend 100% working on other ...