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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Better Way to Clone Current Operating System?

This Question maybe so bad, I am Newbie if you dont like, please ignore this, but I was thinking about something tools to creating , packaging current operating system with current configuration. ...
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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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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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VMware - Debian 7 Wheezy System Manufacturer and System Model

For a Linux VMware Virtual Machine (vsphere), I'd like to change the "System Manufacturer" and "Model". I do not want to show the original biologic. Instead I want you to write the name of the bios ...
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What is meant by a 32-bit PC vs. 64-bit PC? [duplicate]

What is exactly meant by 32-bit PC and 64-bit PC? Why does 32-bit software run on 64-bit PCs, but 64-bit software doesn't run on 32-bit machines? A 64-bit instruction set is written as 'x64'. Why is ...
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Using UDF on a USB flash drive

After failing to copy a file bigger than 4G to my 8G USB flash drive, I formatted it as ext3. While this is working fine for me so far, it will cause problems if I want to use it to copy files to ...
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Windows/OSX execution and load tree [closed]

I'm curious to learn how an operative system works from an execution and loading perspective. What is the first thing and the last an operative system executes, loads and does to prepare it for the ...
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How do I print multiple images to one page on Chrome OS?

I cannot seem to figure out how to print multiple pictures per page using Chrome OS. Would appreciate any advice. I'm googling and searching for a Chrome OS app or extension now, but so far no luck. ...
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CMD Operating System? [closed]

Is there an operating system that uses only a Command? In other words, instead of clicking the programs with the mouse one would do it with the keyboard.
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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 ...
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Install ffserver on Mac OS X 10.6

I would like to install ffserver and got ffmpeg running on Mac OS X 10.6. But for some reason I cant find a good tutorial to install ffserver on Mac OS X. Does it come with ffmpeg ? Is it outdated? Is ...
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Hardware issues running Linux from USB [closed]

I'm aware there are potential drawbacks when running Linux off a USB drive such as SATA bus/USB speed differences and the finite lifespan of flash drives, but all this aside, are there any potential ...
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Is it possible to deactivate preinstalled windows software and install it on a mac using Boot Camp?

There is a program that I would like to download for mac, but it didn't make a version specifically for mac yet. I have a PC with windows 7 on it (including the license key). Is it possible to ...
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Remove Leftover Thunderbird Notification Popup from Screen (Windows 8 Os)

I hope this question is within the scope of this stack exchange community. Thunderbird has a popup notification for new mail(see image), and for some reason, it got stuck in my screen. I was wondering ...
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What is the difference between RTM, GA and GOLD versions?

I am absolutely puzzled here: What is the difference between RTM, GA(Gerneral Availability) and final GOLD version? For example for Windows 8: RTM - Microsoft sends this version to ASUS, Acer, ...
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Move hdd to other laptop, need Win7 reinstall? [duplicate]

A Thinkpad T61p died (motherboard), I think hdd is ok. I then mounted the hdd in a Thinkpad R61i; after hardware change warning, it gave BSOD and instantly shut down. Is it possible to maintain ...
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How can I determine the OS of a remote computer?

How can I determine the OS of a remote computer, given its computer name?
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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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View all login history on macbook pro OS 10.6.8

What command can I use in terminal to see login history? I think it's possible someone created a hidden account or booted the machine in safe mode.
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How many letters can copy in a single instance?

We're always use Copy & Paste function in various OS's . Now, I want to know how many bytes can copy in a single copy command. Can I copy entire letters from Oxford dictionary on a single "CTRL + ...
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What is the equivalent of the Windows “Startup Folder” In Mac OS?

In Windows OS there is a “Startup Folder.” We can simply create a shortcut to the folder. Then, after the next computer reboot, the application or file will be executed automatically. How to do it ...
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Installing Windows XP from the Hard Drive

I have an old pc that does not support Windows XP installation using flash drive, the only way to get it done is to boot it from its hard drive(since I dont have a CD/DVD Drive). Can you give a step ...
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OS agnostic analog data input

I want to input an analog signal (for concreteness, temperature from a thermocouple) into a computer. The sampling rate should be at least several times (say, 10) per second. Moreover, I want to be ...
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Windows 7 won't create Administrator account

Win7 REFUSES to login to newly created user account, logged in as admin creating 2nd admin account. The account creates fine, but always goes into a "roaming profile" login. Have deleted, and ...
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Windows 8.1 shows activated in computer property, but i encounter message saying 'windows will expire soon'

I have got my Lenovo Z50-70 about one month ago with Windows 8.1 Installed. It keeps flashing the message 'Your Windows will expire soon' But when I check activation status it shows me its ...
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how to fix empty turn windows features on or off

I am running win 7 home premium, and now I see my windows and features list is always empty, i tried many solutions but nothing did it. I tried this last thing but failed to solve as well
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Hardware Support for Paging

The address consists of 16 bits, and the page size is 8KB. The page table thus consists of eight entries that are kept in fast registers. How do we get the total entries in the page table as 8? ...
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Extra Program Files folder in Win7 and its removal

A WIN7SP1 on a Dell laptop showed an extra Program Files folder ('Programme' in German language version). How to get rid of it? The Dell laptop is from Ebay and the OS seems to have been flashed on ...
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Maximum virtual memory and physical memory

A Intel 64-bit x86 CPU,four-level hierarchical page table.Each for levels of page table can contain 512 entries, and the page size is 4KB. What's the maximum size for virtual memory and physical ...
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Can I install Linux on a USB flash drive?

I want to install Red Hat Linux on my flash drive. Is there a way that I can do this? I tried a lot found through searching, but couldn't get a satisfactory answer. In fact, if I try the same for ...
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A Dark Theme for Windows 8

Is there any way for me to use Windows 8 in a dark environment? For a long time I had headaches that I couldn't fid their cause. Now, I'm using a dark visual style for my Windows 7 and since then, I ...
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Block unwanted change in system time on windows

I don't want users to be able to change the system time. For this, I have set the Group Policy "Change the system time" to include only my Administrator account. I want to know the validity of this ...
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How can cpu-intensive processes slow down a system despite having a scheduler?

I've encountered it on both Windows and Linux that if some process is doing some heavy work and the cpu is under a lot of stress, the whole system can sort of freeze, other processes get slow, etc. ...
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Why do people still make 32 bit software [closed]

Why do companies like Microsoft still make 32 bit operating systems, when everyone have at least a dual core CPU? Why do software developers release 32 bit versions? I want to know this since I don't ...
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Installing Ubuntu in a new computer

I recently purchased a ThinkServer TS140 (Intel i3-4130; 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD). It comes without any installed OS or drivers. How do I install the Ubuntu OS in this computer? I tried burning the Ubuntu ...
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How does the computer know that the PC was not properly shut down?

Actually, this question struck me because of power cuts in my house. When there is a power cut, there is a sudden loss of power from the computer. How does the computer know that the shutdown was ...
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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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What are the benefits of Virtual Memory?

So I've been reading up on virtual memory and it all seems pretty straight-forward and practical. However, I'm choking on one major concept. If virtual memory is stored in main memory, then why even ...
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What is RPC and why is it so important?

From the beginning, I've heard that you never, ever disable the Remote Procedure Call service in Windows. This leads to horrible things that used to be hard to overturn (I believe that it's no longer ...
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MAC equivalent - user name & appdata

I have a couple of questions: On PC I can get the username from the environment variable USERNAME and on LINUX it is USER - what the MAC equivalent? The users local area on windows can be found via ...
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Should system path & user path match?

This morning I was trying to add python to my windows 7 PATH and used: setx PATH "%PATH%;C:\python34\" /M This seems to have changed my path but not in the manner I'd hoped! My user path now ...
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Why are the file formats different?

When you go to a certain site to download an application. why can't you run the same file formats for different operating systems?
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Ubuntu as a separate OS v/s Wubi

Due to some hardware problem, I am unable to use both my DVD drive and the bootable USB stick to install Ubuntu as a separate OS alongside Windows 7. I came across WUBI. I was wondering if there would ...
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Serva Login 0x35 NetPath not found, wrong credentials, or unreliable net

I'm trying to install Windows 8 via PXE network boot, I'm using Serva for this. When I get to the ServaPENet screen on my client I can't connect. Drivers are installed (I tried three different ...
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I'm not able to connect with SSH because of SUID warning

When I try to connect with another machine, after this command below: user1@host1:~$ ssh user2@host2 user2@host2's password: I receive: WARNING: Your password has expired. You must change your ...
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Is there any way to install any linux distro without acesssing the bios? (broken screen)

I am trying to run a Linux system from my y500 Lenovo ideapad but I can not access the boot menu or bios at all. This is because I have a broken screen and am using an external display to make use of ...
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Kali install freezes trying to find network drivers

Kali install freezes trying to find network drivers, so I can't install the OS in any way. I've already tried booting from DVD and USB, with two different versions.
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Booting from USB with UEFI bios to install Windows 8.1

I have a Lenovo 11e Yoga laptop. I have installed a new, blank SSD in the system and now I want to reinstall Windows 8.1 (which is what the laptop came with). I created a bootable USB stick using ...
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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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iMac not letting me log in

I have a iMac OS. Last night it locked up on me. I powered it off and when I started it back up, it goes through the start up process and then it gets to the login page. I click on the icon to ...