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A database that Windows uses to store hardware and software configuration information, user preferences, and setup information. registry
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. root directory
A program that runs in the background to support or serve Windows or an application. Also called a service pack. service
A program that runs in the background to support or serve Windows or an application. Also called a service. service pack
The portion of an OS that relates to the user and to applications. shell
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. standard account
A directory or folder contained in another directory or folder. Also called a child directory or folder. subdirectory
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 systray. system tray
A bar normally located at the bottom of the Windows desktop, displaying information about open programs and providing quick access to others. taskbar
Each process that the CPU is aware of; a single task that is part of a longer task or program. thread
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 Account Control (UAC) dialog box
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. user mode
One or more logical machines created within one physical machine. virtual machine
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. volume
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