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How Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Works by Michael Miller

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Part 2: Basic Operations

WINDOWS Vista is an operating system. As such, it’s responsible for managing all the operations on your computer system—your software, your hardware, and all the file management tasks you initiate. When you click a mouse button, Vista manages the operation. When you open a new spreadsheet, Vista manages the operation. When you surf the Web or check your email, Vista manages the operation. When you display a photo, play digital music, or just delete a file, Vista manages the operation. Whatever you do, and whatever your computer does, Vista makes it work.

In this fashion, Vista is just like any other operating system you’ve ever used. MS-DOS, Linux, the Mac OS—they all manage the same computer operations as Vista does. ...

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