39 terms

103.01 vocab.

Active Partition
portion of a hard drive that contains the bootable operating system
a 2-part systeem (backup and restore) in Windows BACKUP that backs up the system state, system services, and all the disks that are associated with the operating system components
Automatic Updates
Windows system setting that, if turned on, can access the Microsoft website to find the most up to date protection for your computer's operating system
a database in Windows Vista that replaces the XP BOOT.INI file
Blue Screen of Death
a crash in windows where you must reboot to gain functionality; the display returns some error message and the background is completely blue
Boot Diskette
diskette that contains enough of an operating system to boot the computer
the symbol given, such as C:\>, if the computer is waiting for typed input from the user
Control Panel
part of the Windows GUI that allows the user to view and change basic system settings and controls
a troubleshooting mode that allows step-by-step programming instructions to be entered in an attempt to repair or maintain a computer
Disk Cleanup
Windows feature that allows the user to free up space on the hard drive by
getting rid of temporary Internet files and unnecessary program files
Extended Partition
the second portion of a hard drive after the primary partition that can be
broken down further into logical drives
Fast User Switching
feature on Windows XP and Vista that allows the operating system to
switch between users without them having to quit their applications or log out
the original file system used in DOS and early versions of Windows
- file system that is limited to 4GB per partition, maximum file size of 2GB, and a
minimum cluster size of 8KB but varies with drive size
- file system that is limited to 2TB per partition, maximum file size of 4GB, and a
minimum cluster size of 4KB but varies with drive size
File Attributes
classifications associated with files that determine how the files can be viewed
or edited
File Directory
a part of the file system used to organize and contain files and/or other
File Extension
letters following a filename and the period and indicating a type of information
stored in the file
File Permissions
the rights of specific users or groups of users to view or make changes to files
on a computer
Graphical User Interface; the environment for Windows operating systems that has a
cursor to move around on the screen and has icons for computer items
a list of hardware requirements for an operating system
Last Known Good Configuration
a Safe Mode setting that starts the computer using the
information in the Windows Registry that was saved on the last shutdown
Logical Drive
a portion of the extended partition of a hard drive that is given a drive letter and
appears as a separate hard drive
My Computer
part of the Windows operating system that allows the user to access the disk
My Network Places
part of the Windows ME, 2000, and XP operating system that allows the
user to access remote resources
Primary Partition
the first logical division on a hard drive and the one to hold the operating
system if there is more than one division on the drive
storage place in the Windows operating system of configuration information about
the computer holding information about hardware, software, and user settings; made up of 2
Red Screen of Death
an error screen that appears in fatal errors with the Windows XP
operating system
Safe Mode
troubleshooting environment in Windows that allows the user to boot with no
configuration files and minimal drivers; Windows may automatically come up in this mode if it
was not shut down properly
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
troubleshooting environment of Windows where the user
is brought in at the command line interface
Safe Mode with Networking
troubleshooting environment in Windows that allows the user to
boot with minimal drivers but gives essential services and drivers to start networking
Start Menu
the location in Windows to start programs as well as the features to shutdown the
System Tray
the area on the right side of the taskbar that contains functions such as volume
control and time
Task Bar
the area located at the bottom of the Windows desktop, by default, that contains the
Start button, quick launch buttons, applications currently open, and the system tray
Task Manager
Windows program used to provide information about programs and processes
running, the status of the computer, and the place to terminate programs or processes if
Temporary Internet Files
a directory used by Internet Explorer that is used to hold websites
that have been viewed by the user
VGA Mode
a Windows mode available by pressing F8 at bootup that starts the video display
with a screen area of 640 x 480 pixels, 8-bit color, and a minimal video driver
Virtual Memory
part of the hard drive that acts like RAM that can allow programs to operate
like they have more memory than they actually do
Windows Explorer
Windows feature that allows the user to access the file system