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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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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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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What would happen if I take my hard drive out of my current PC and put it in a new PC?

Basically, I want to get a new PC, but I have so many software/games installed on my current hard drive, that I don't want to waste the time to re-install/re-configure. Would it work if I just take ...
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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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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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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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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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What is an alternative to Little Snitch for Mac [closed]

Need some freeware for Mac similar to Little Snitch. Any suggestions? I got hit with malware on my Mac and need to add a protective fire wall type software.
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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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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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Page table in the memory [closed]

Where is page table stored?I know that it is stored in memory, but there exist many process in the system, so are all the page tables stored in memory?If not so, are they loaded dynamically at run ...
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How is the program divided into pages/segments by os? [closed]

We know that in virtual memory concept the os uses segmentation/paging methods to divide the program into pieces and load them into RAM only when required. So, how does the OS knows to divide the ...
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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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Windows NT after Windows 9x

Windows NT 4.0 was the last "NT"-labeled operating system, but the NT naming convention is still used - 5.0, 6.0, 10.0, etc. Mike Meyers says Windows 2000 was the first step toward changing this ...
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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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Can a single OS installation on an SSD be shared between a desktop and a laptop?

I recently purchased an SSD and was wondering if there was an Operating System that allows you to swap between two different machines essentially sharing one partition? Perhaps multiple hardware ...
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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 display “Comic Sans MS” in Linux?

I use "Comic Sans MS" font on my web page. The web page looks OK if I open it under Windows and MAC. But it does not work under Linux. How can I solve this problem? May be I can put the font on my web ...
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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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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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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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How can I upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and keep my files and applications?

I want to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8. How can I do this while keeping all of my files in-tact? Is it possible to retain all of my applications and user settings, too?
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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to Fix Virtual Floppy Drive Windows 7 64bit

I am following the OSDev tutorial over at brokenthorn, and a part of it is creating a virtual floppy drive using vfdwin.exe. I downloaded it from the sourceforge page, and while there is another ...
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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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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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How to delete selected System Restore Point in Windows

I have occupied 25 gb space of c drive for system resore point. and system automatically created 5 restore point and delete privous resore points. but i want to keep very 1st resore point and last 4 i ...
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Why does sound say it's working but isn't in windows 7 bootcamp?

I recently installed windows 7 home premium in bootcamp on os x Yosemite. The sound driver is working and everything. The sound appears to be working. I don't hear anything though. I have the volume ...
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65536 +1 Connection on a system

There are 65536 ports for every system in the network, and every connection or Send/Receive will use one of those. My question is: what happens if we have 65536+1 connections?! I know that it ...
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Installing dual boot operating system

I want to install Microsoft windows server 2012 within windows 7 and then my pc will be dual boot operating system. What the process of it?
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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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Windows 8.1 after migration to SSD looks for components on the wrong drive

weird situation: after I have migrated my Win 8.1 OS to new SSD I can't run certain operations as for example "Create Recovery Drive". Every time I try to start that I get error message "Windows ...
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Why is System32 still called System32 on a 64 bit Windows OS? [duplicate]

I've wondered this for a while. I personally think that System32 would make sense to be the 32 bit Windows OS. But when you have a 64 bit Windows OS, the file system is still called System32. Can ...
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Trouble booting OS

I've two hard disks, one contains XP, the other contains Windows 7. By default, 7 used to boot up, but, now XP is booting up. Even boot options doesn't show Windows 7. How to get back Windows 7 now?
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Can I install Linux on a computer that has Windows 7

After installing Windows 7 on my computer that had Linux,Windows 7 erased everything that was part of Linux,including some games that I like. I doubt there is a way to recover those files. But,is ...
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Windows embedded standard 7: Why won't keyboard filter appear in group policy? and can I add keyboard filter to OS without reinstalling WES7

I have an operating system image already created, all the features installed. For some reason keyboard filter does not appear in group policy editor, after I did add it to the distribution share and ...
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How Does an Operating System send Sound to its Speakers? [closed]

I'm doing a task for an assignment and have come across this question which I have found the internet has not answered for me(so far that I can find). I thought I might ask it. The answer does not ...
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Is the need for a text editor in an OS for humans or the system? [closed]

From Wikipedia: Text editors are provided with operating systems and software development packages, and can be used to change configuration files, documentation files and programming language ...
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Why is the system partition C:\? [duplicate]

How come that the system partition is C:\ and not A:\ or B:\? I know A:\ was used for floppy drives, but why not use B:\ then? And why was floppy drives used as A:\ as if it was more important than ...
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Batch file to change system date on start up?

Cmos battery dead with wrong time/date cant fix it at the moment In the time being I want a batch file to change the system date and time to current as a start up task But if the date/time is wrong ...
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Find NetBIOS/WINS name of a IP

How can I find the NetBIOS/WINS name of a PC in my LAN In suma: I have the IP of a machine in my LAN I want to get the name of the machine (if it has one)
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Are we supposed to manually delete the contents of /tmp?

I was under the impression that “old” files in /tmp will be regularly deleted. However, it seems to me that /tmp will just grow as long as it wants to, and nothing will be deleted. Some people say ...