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Chapter 11. Computer Software > How Does Microsoft Windows Work?

How Does Microsoft Windows Work?

Microsoft Windows is computer operating system software. It is the software that many computer manufacturers are installing on computers so that they do something more than act as a very expensive paperweight. As the operating system, Microsoft Windows provides instructions to the computer's "brain" for how to access disk drives, how to print, and even how to add 2 + 2. Think of the operating system as the interface between you and the computer components. Tell the operating system what you want to do, and it completes the task—if it is told in the proper way. So, your job is to learn how to "communicate" with the computer operating system.

Microsoft Windows has a graphical user interface (GUI). In simple terms, everything can be done with a point and click from a mouse. Graphics are used to create an understandable interface with the user. With Microsoft Windows, you can graphically see what you need to do and can accomplish it through the graphic interface. The secret is to know what you want to accomplish.


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