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Windows 7 Step by Step by Joan Lambert and Joyce Cox

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Information for New Computer Users

Windows 7 is the latest version of the Windows operating system. Windows is the most widely used operating system in the world. (Other operating systems you might have heard of are Linux, UNIX, and Mac OS X.) The operating system basically acts as an intermediary between you and your computer, between the computer and the hardware devices connected to it, and between the computer and the software programs you run on it. For your computer to work, Windows 7 must do the following:

  • Translate commands that you provide into code that tells the computer what to do and how to do it.

  • Coordinate interactions among its components, such as receiving input from the keyboard and mouse, locating programs and files, and displaying ...

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