6.2. Using Operating Systems

In this section, we will look at the Microsoft GUI from the ground up, beginning with a detailed look at its key components and ending with an exploration of basic tasks common across Windows Vista, XP, and 2000. The following general topics will be covered:

  • Windows GUI components

  • My Computer

  • My Network Places

  • Control Panel

  • The command prompt

  • The Windows Registry

  • Virtual memory

  • System files

  • Windows Explorer

  • File and disk management

The Windows GUI has been incredibly successful since its debut. All Microsoft operating system GUIs share features, but they also have differences.


For the A+ Essentials exam, you'll need to know various aspects of the GUI interface for the Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. operating ...

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