CHAPTER 13Operating System Fundamentals


Objective 13.01 Characteristics of the Operating System

Objective 13.02 Common Operating System Functions

Objective 13.03 Operating System Interfaces

Objective 13.04 Common Microsoft Windows Features


An operating system (OS) brings a PC to life. It makes it a useful and essential tool for everyone from an actuary to a zoologist. Without an OS, even the most high-end computer would be reduced to a slick-looking cup holder.

This chapter examines the general functions of an OS and looks at how an OS manifests. You’ll learn how to identify the characteristics of Windows and understand the ...

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