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M. HalseyWindows 10 Troubleshootinghttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-7471-2_6

6. Understanding PC Hardware

Mike Halsey1  
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK

The Windows operating system as installed on your PC is extremely complex, literally consisting of tens or even hundreds of thousands of configuration files, shared APIs, drivers, programs, and more besides. The hardware in our PCs isn’t any less confusing, and even if you’re using a convertible tablet or ultrabook that’s not serviceable by the user because the case is sealed and all components are soldered onto the motherboard, there are still hardware factors you need to know about when troubleshooting ...

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