Operating Systems


Operating Systems
Ellie McNulty
Flashcards by Ellie McNulty , updated more than 1 year ago
Ellie McNulty
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Booting the computer To boot a computer is to load an operating system into the computer's main memory. Once the operating system is loaded (for example, on a PC, you see the initial Windows or Mac desktop screen), it's ready for users to run applications.
Performs basic computer tasks 1. Creating shortcuts. 2. Installing programs. 3. Backing up DATA (as opposed to the actual program. Data is the bit you added.) 4. Searching through My Computer to find Folders and Files.
Provides a user interface Visual part of computer application or operating system through which a user interacts with a computer or a software. It determines how commands are given to the computer or the program and how information is displayed on the screen. Three main types of user interfaces are (1) Command language: the user must know the machine and program-specific instructions or codes. (2) Menus: user chooses the commands from lists displayed on the screen
Provides file management Definition of:file management system. file management system. Software that manages data files.
Handles system resources The Handle System is a technology specification for assigning, managing, and resolving persistent identifiers for digital objects and other resources on the Internet. The protocols specified enable a distributed computer system to store identifiers (names, or handles) of digital resources and resolve those handles into the information necessary to locate, access, and otherwise make use of the resources. That information can be changed as needed to reflect the current state and/or location of the identified resource without changing the handle.
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