Chapter 3. Understanding Microsoft Windows XP

As you learned back in Chapter 1, “Understanding Your Computer Hardware,” it's the software and operating system that make your hardware work. The operating system for most personal computers is Microsoft Windows, and you need to know how to use Windows to use your PC system. 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.

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