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administrator account In Windows 2000/XP/Vista, an account that grants to the administrator(s) rights and permissions to all hardware and software resources, such as the right to add, delete, and change accounts and to change hardware configurations.
Aero user interface The Vista 3D user interface. Also called Aero glass
backward–compatible A technology, software, or device that works with older or legacy technologies, software, or devices.
Briefcase A system folder in Windows 9x/Me that is used to synchronize files between two computers.
command prompt window A Windows utility that is used to enter multiple commands to perform a variety of tasks.
Compressed (zipped) Folder A folder with a .zip extension that contains compressed files. When files are put in the folder, they are compressed. When files are moved to a regular folder, the files are decompressed.
desktop The initial screen that is displayed when an OS has a GUI interface loaded.
device driver A program stored on the hard drive that tells the computer how to communicate with a hardware device such as a printer or modem.
distribution Any version of Linux
dual boot The ability to boot using either of two different OSs, such as Windows XP and Windows Vista.
elevated command prompt window A Vista command prompt window that allows commands that require administrative privileges.
executive services In Windows 2000/XP/Vista, a group of components running in kernel mode that interfaces between the subsystems in user mode and the HAL.
file attribute The properties assigned to a file. Examples of file attributes are read–only and hidden status.
file extension A portion of the name of a file that is used to identify the file type. In command lines, the file extension follows the filename and is separated from it by a period. For example, Msd.exe, where exe is the file extension.
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