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ODW 4.3

Our Digital World 4.3

user interface The visual appearance that software presents to a user.
Start screen The screen that appears after signing on to a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer displaying rectangular-shaped tiles that are used to launch apps, the web, documents, or programs.
desktop The background image shown on the screen upon which graphical elements such as icons, buttons, windows, links, and dialog boxes are displayed.
Plug and Play A feature that recognizes and makes available for use devices you plug into your computer, for example into a USB port. The OS installs the correct driver in order for the device to operate if the driver is available.
performance The speed with which your computer functions.
virtual memory A capability of the computer’s operating system that handles data that cannot fit into RAM when running several programs at once. When RAM is used up, data is stored or “swapped” into virtual memory.
swap file A file created when data is stored or “swapped” into virtual memory.
bus A subsystem that moves instructions and data around between the components of a computer.
file allocation table (FAT) A table maintained by the OS to keep track of the physical location of the hard disk’s contents.
path The hierarchy of folders that leads to a stored file.
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