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Microsoft® Windows® Operating System: Essentials by Tom Carpenter

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CHAPTER 11

Device Management

Hundreds of different devices may be connected to computers. With the introduction of Universal Serial Bus (USB) several years ago, the number of devices increased dramatically. Today, you can connect scanners, printers, keyboard, mice, gaming controllers, microphones, sound systems, video cameras, and many other devices through USB. This chapter introduces device management through the following topics:

  • Understanding device drivers
  • Exploring plug-and-play operations
  • Connecting and managing devices
  • Printers
  • System devices

Understanding Device Drivers

In this first section of the chapter, you will learn about device drivers, beginning with a clear definition of what a device driver is and does. With this understanding, ...

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