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chapter 5

operating system

coordinates the flow of data and information through the computer by coordinating the hardware, software, user interface, processor, and systems memory.

Device Manager

when your computer is in safe mode, you can use this to view and change the properties of all devices attached to the computer

Device Driver

each device attached to your computer comes with a special program called this. Facilitates the communication between the device and the OS

File Path

the location of a file is specified by this


the basic input/output system is stored here


example of an application software


features of the program of the operating system that allows the user to communicate with the computer system.

scientific instruments

an example of where real-time operating systems can be found.


program that manages the data between the operating system and all input and output devices attached to the system.

graphical user

Microsoft Windows and Mac OS use this type of interface (GUI)


the bars on the side and bottom of the screen that control which part of the screen is displayed are called this


arranging separate windows so they sit next to each other on the screen

Operating system software

the most essential software in your computer system is this


The OS allows you to organize your files in this structure

Removal of spyware

Not a function of the operating system.


part of the boot process that determines whether the peripheral devices are working properly.

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