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Chapter 1. Hardware Basics for the Absol... > The Operating System: Windows to the...

The Operating System: Windows to the World of Computing

Before you can use all the pieces and parts of your computer to do anything, you need to know how to operate Microsoft Windows. This is because Windows pretty much runs your computer for you; if you don't know your way around Windows, you won't be able to do much of anything on your new PC.

Windows is a piece of software called an operating system. An operating system does what its name implies—it operates your computer system, working in the background every time you turn on your PC.


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