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registry A database that Windows uses to store hardware and software configuration information, user preferences, and setup information.
root directory The main directory created when a hard drive or disk is first formatted. In Linux, it's indicated by a forward slash. In DOS and Windows, it's indicated by a backward slash
service A program that runs in the background to support or serve Windows or an application.
shell The portion of an OS that relates to the user and to applications.
standard account The Vista user account type that can use software and hardware and make some system changes, but cannot make changes that affect the security of the system or other users.
subdirectory A directory or folder contained in another directory or folder. Also called a child directory or folder.
system tray An area to the right of the taskbar that holds the icons for running services; these services include the volume control and network connectivity. Also called the system tray or systray.
taskbar A bar normally located at the bottom of the Windows desktop, displaying information about open programs and providing quick access to others.
thread Each process that the CPU is aware of; a single task that is part of a longer task or program.
User Account Control (UAC) dialog box A Vista security feature that displays a dialog box each time a user attempts to perform an action that can be done only with administrative privileges.
user mode In Windows 2000/XP/Vista, a mode that provides an interface between an application and the OS, and only has access to hardware resources through the code running in kernel mode.
virtual machine (VM) One or more logical machines created within one physical machine
volume A primary partition that has been assigned a drive letter and can be formatted with a file system such as NTFS. Compare to logical drive.
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