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