Operating system terms

Updated: 10/30/2017 by Computer Hope
Operating systems - Software terms
Top 10 Operating System Terms

Windows logoWindows key
Start button
My Computer
Operating systems
Windows
Power user task menu
Graphic User Interface
Title bar
Desktop
MS-DOS

Number

*NIX
..
./
.cshrc
/?
8.3 format
86-DOS

A

Arch Linux logoAbsolute path
Access path
ACL
Action Center
Active desktop
Active directory
Active Window
Add or Remove Programs
Add/Remove Programs
Administrator rights
Aero
Aero Peek
Aewm
AfterStep
AIX
Alpine Linux
Andrew file system
App commands
Apple DOS
Apple menu
Aqua
Arch Linux
AROS Research Operating System
ASR
Association
Atime
Attribute
Autoexec.bat
Autoplay

B

FreeBSDBackBox
Background
Balloon
Bar
Bare metal
Batch file
Batch job
BeOS
Bin
Black Screen of Death
BlackBerry 10
BlackBerry Tablet OS
Blue Screen of Death
Bourne shell
BSD
BSOD
BOMB
Boot code
Boot device
Boot manager
Boot sector
Boot volume
Bootmgr
Bootstrap loader
Border
Briefcase
Builtin command
Button

C

ClipboardCab
Cacls
Caldera Linux
Caldera OpenLinux
Cascade
CD
CE
CentOS
Charms
Chdir
Chevron
Child
Cinnamon
Clipboard
Close
Cmd
Cmdcons
Cmdlet
Command button
CLSID
Command interpreter
Command key
Command line
Command prompt
Computer management
Concurrent user
Config.sys
Control panel
Cooperative multitasking
Corel Linux
Creators update
Cross-platform
Crunchbang Linux
Cron
Ctime
CTTY
CUI
Current directory
Cursor

D

Windows 10 Device ManagerDaemon
DART
Debian
Default user
Delpart
Desktop
Desktop environment
Device Manager
Device name
Df
Dialog box
Dir
Directory
Distribution
Distro
Disk Cleanup
Disk operating system
Dismount
DLL
Documents
DOS
DOS mode
Dot slash
Double-headed arrow
Dpkg
Dr. DOS
Drive letter
Drop shadow
Drop-down menu
DSL
Dual boot
DWM

E

External and Internal MS-DOS and Windows command line commandsE
EFS
Embedded Linux
Embedded operating system
End process
End Task
Enhanced Mode
Environment
Environment variable
Epoch
ERD
ESCD
Event viewer
Executable file
ExFAT
Explorer
Extension
External command
External icon

F

Apple FinderFatal exception
Fedora Linux
File
File attributes
File descriptor
File extension
File fragmentation
File handle
File layout
File maintenance
File manager
File menu
File name
File not found
File system
Fileset
Find Fast
Find
Finder
FNODE
Folder
Force quit
Foreground
Fork
FREAX
Free
Fstype
Fuchsia
Fuduntu

G

GNOMEGDI
Gentoo
General Protection Fault
GhostBSD
GNOME
GNU Hurd
Goobuntu
GPF
Graphic User Interface
GRUB
GUI
GUID

H

HAL
Hard link
HCL
HFS
Hibernate
Hidden
Hidden files
Hierarchical file system
HP-UX

I

InstallIBM DOS
ICCCM
Icon
Idle time
Illegal command
Illegal operation
Inactive window
INF
INIT
Initial Program Load
Inode
Input language
Install
Internal command
Invalid page fault
IOS
IPF
IPL
IRIX
IRQ holder for PCI steering
IRQL
ISIS

J

Jini
Journal
Journaling file system
Jump List
Junction

K

KDE
Kernel
Kernel panic
Kill
Kondara Linux
Korn shell
Kubuntu
Kvm
Kylin

L

LubuntuLILO
Linpus Linux
Linux
Linux kernel
List box
Live Taskbar Preview
LiveCD
LKGC
Load
Lock screen
Logical device
Long file names
Longhorn
Lubuntu
LXDE
Lynx

M

Windows My Computer, Computer, and This PCmacOS
Mach kernel
MacPup
Mageia Linux
Main
MakuluLinux
Mandrake Linux
Mandriva Linux
MATE
MAXFUNIX
Maximize
Menu
Menu bar
Menu-driven
Microkernel
Microsoft diagnostics
Minimize
MINIX
Mint Linux
Mnemonic
Motif
Mount
Modal window
Mountain Lion
Mouse pointer
MS-DOS
Msconfig
Msinfo32
Mtime
MUI
Multi-user system
Multitask
Multithread
My Computer
My Documents
My Pictures
MVS

N

NEXTSTEP
Non-pre-emptive multitasking
Non-windows application
NOS
Notification area
NTLDR

O

Object-oriented interface
Ok
OLE
Open Apple key
Openbox
Operating environment
Operating system
OS/2
OSF
OSR2
OSRI

P

C: promptParent
PC DOS
PCLinuxOS
Peek
PID
Play To
PlayOnLinux
Plop
Plumbing
PM
PNP
Pop-up menu
POSIX
Power user task menu
PowerShell
Preemptive multitasking
Prefetch
PrefetchW
Presentation manager
Program and Features
Program files
Program group
Program manager
Prompt
ProteanOS
Puppy Linux
Push-button
Pwd

Q

QNX
Quick launch

R

Red Hat LinuxRaspbian
Red Hat Linux
ReadyBoost
Real-time operating system
Recovery console
Recycle bin
ReFS
Registry
Reinstall
Reserved words
Restore point
Resize
RTM
Run level
Runtime error

S

Windows start buttonsSad Mac
Safe mode
Scroll
SCO UNIX
SCOM
SE
Second edition
Send to
Separator
Server virtualization
Service Pack
Shared directory
Shell
Sizing handle
Sh
Shake
Shelf
Shortcut
Shutdown
Sidebar
Slackware Linux
Slipstreaming
Snap
Solaris
SP
SparkyLinux
Speed bump
Spin box
SSP
Start button
Start Menu
Startup
Startup application
Startup folder
Startup group
Stderr
Stdout
Subdirectory
Submenu
SuperFetch
SUID
SUSE Linux
Swap file
Symbolic link
Sysedit
Sysgen
System
System.ini
System 7
System32
System call
System file
System folder
System information
System component
System Properties
Systray

T

Temporary folderTask
Task list
Task manager
Task switching
Task view
Taskbar
Temporary directory
Temporary file
Three finger salute
Tile
Tiling
Time-slice
Title bar
Toolbar
Tooltip
TOPS
TOS
Trash
Trisquel
Tru64
TSR
Turbolinux
TweakUI
Tux

U

UbuntuUbuntu
Ubuntu Kylin
UI
ULTRIX
UNetbootin
Unformatting
Uninstall
Unix
Unix Domain Socket
UnixWare
Unmount
User
User interface
User State Migration Tool
USMT
Usr
UUID

V

Variant
VBR
VectorLinux
Virtual machine
Vista

W

gadgetWAIK
Wallpaper
Warm boot
WebOS
WEI
Wfw
WGA
Widget
WIMP
Win.com
Win.ini
Win32
Win3x
Win9x
Window
Windows
Windows 10
Windows 2000
Windows 2 k
Windows 3.0
Windows 3.1
Windows 3.11
Windows 3.x
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 95
Windows 95B
Windows 98
Windows 9x
Windows Aero
Windows Azure
Windows CE
Windows DOS session
Windows for Workgroups
Windows for Workgroups 3.1
Windows for Workgroups 3.11
Windows key
Windows ME
Windows minidump
Windows NT
Windows PE
Windows Registry
Windows Remote Assistant
Windows RT
Windows Search box
Windows store
Windows Theme
Windows update
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows-based program
Wine
WinHTTP
Winoldap
Winpopup
WinSE
WinSxS
Workplace shell
WOW
WSUS
WTMP
Wubi

X

X-Window
XENIX
Xinetd
Xfce
XP
XP2
XPM
XUbuntu

Y

Yosemite

Z

z/OS
Zorin

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