Appendix D. Glossary

Throughout this book, I’ve introduced and defined hundreds of acronyms, abbreviations, words, and phrases related to the concepts and features of Windows XP and its associated technologies. This appendix gathers those terms—nearly 300 in all—in one place for handy reference. If you come across an unfamiliar term in the book, chances are it’s defined here. And, of course, feel free to browse these pages and pick out those terms that look interesting.

accelerator key

The underlined letter in a menu name or menu command.

active partition

A disk drive’s bootable partition. Its boot sector tells the ROM BIOS at startup that this partition contains the operating system’s bootstrap code. The active partition is usually the same as the ...

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