Operating system terms

Updated: 06/07/2019 by Computer Hope
Operating systems - Software terms
Top 10 operating system terms

Windows logoWindows 10
Windows key
Operating system
Windows 7
Disk Cleanup
Start
My Computer
Power user task menu
Graphic User Interface
Start menu

Number

..
./
/?
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
Allocate
Alpine Linux
Andrew file system
Android File Transfer

Android TV
APK
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
BlackBerry 10
BlackBerry OS
BlackBerry Tablet OS
Black Screen of Death

Bleachbit
Blue Screen of Death
BOMB
Boot code
Boot device
Boot manager
Bootmgr
Boot sector
Bootstrap loader
Boot volume
Border
Bourne shell
Briefcase
BSD
BSOD
Btrfs
Builtin command
Button

C

ClipboardCab
Cacls
Caldera Linux
Caldera OpenLinux
Cascade
CD
CE
CentOS
Charms
Chdir
Chevron
Child
Cinnamon
Clipboard
Close
CLSID
Cmd
Cmdcons
Cmdlet
Command button
Command interpreter
Command key
Command line
Command prompt
Computer management
Concurrent user
Config.sys
Control panel
Cooperative multitasking
Copy-on-write
Corel Linux
Creators update
Cron
Cross-platform
Crunchbang Linux
.cshrc
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
Disk Cleanup
Disk operating system
Dismount
Distribution
Distro
DLL
Documents
DOS
DOS mode
Dot slash
Double-headed arrow
Dpkg
Dragonfly BSD
Dr. DOS
Drive letter
Drop-down menu
Drop shadow
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
Fileset
File system
Find
Finder
Find Fast
Fire OS
FNODE
Folder
Force quit
Foreground
Fork
FREAX
Free
Fstype
Fuchsia
Fuduntu

G

GNOMEGarnet OS
GDI
General Protection Fault
Gentoo
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
Id
Idle time
Illegal command
Illegal operation
Illumos
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
LiveCD
Live Taskbar Preview
LKGC
Load
Lock screen
Logical device
Login script
Long file names
Longhorn
Lubuntu
LXDE
Lynx

M

Windows My Computer, Computer, and This PCMach kernel
macOS
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
Modal window
Motif
Mount
Mountain Lion
Mouse pointer
Msconfig
MS-DOS
Msinfo32
Mtime
MUI
Multitask
Multithread
Multi-user system
MVS
My Computer
My Documents
My Pictures

N

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

O

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

P

C: promptPalm OS
Parent
PC DOS
PCLinuxOS
Peek
PID
Pisetup
PlayOnLinux
Play To
Plop
Plumbing
PM
PNP
Pop-up menu
POSIX
PowerShell
Power user task menu
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
ReactOS
ReadyBoost
Real-time operating system
Recovery console
Recycle bin
Red Hat Linux
ReFS
Registry
Regular file
Reinstall
Reserved words
Resize
Restore point
RTM
Run level
Runtime error

S

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

T

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

U

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

V

Variant
VBR
VcXsrv
VectorLinux

Virtual desktop
Virtual machine
Vista
VMS

W

gadgetWAIK
Wallpaper
Warm boot
Wayland
Wear OS
WebOS
WEI
Wfw
WGA
Widget
WIMP
Win3x
Win9x
Win32
Win.com
Window
Windows
Windows 2 k
Windows 3.0
Windows 3.1
Windows 3.11
Windows 3.x
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 9x
Windows 10
Windows 10 April 2018 Update
Windows 95
Windows 95B
Windows 98
Windows 2000
Windows Aero
Windows Azure
Windows-based program
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
Wine
WinHTTP
Win.ini
Winoldap
Winpopup
WinSE
WinSxS
Workplace shell
WOW
WSUS
WTMP
Wubi

X

XENIX
Xfce
Xinetd
XP
XP2
XPM
XQuartz
XUbuntu
X Window

Y

Yosemite

Z

ZFS
Zorin
z/OS

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