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The Vista 3D user interface. Also called Aero glass.
A technology, software, or device that works with older or legacy technologies, software, or devices.
A system folder in Windows 9x/Me that is used to synchronize files between two computers.
A directory or folder contained in another directory or folder. Also called a child directory or folder.
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.
The initial screen that is displayed when an OS has a GUI interface loaded.
A program stored on the hard drive that tells the computer how to communicate with a hardware device such as a printer or modem
Any version of Linux.
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.
n Windows 2000/XP/Vista, a group of components running in kernel mode that interfaces between the subsystems in user mode and the HAL.
The properties assigned to a file. Examples of file attributes are read–only and hidden status.
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.
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.