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Build Your Own PC on a Budget: A DIY Guide for Hobbyists and Gamers by John Mueller

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Installing the Operating System

You have a fine system put together at this point. All the hardware that you could ever want is in place. Unfortunately, hardware can’t really do much by itself. In order to obtain a functional system, you need an operating system. The operating system provides the environment in which applications work. Most people ignore the operating system to an extent, but the operating system really is there in more ways than you might imagine.

This chapter discusses operating systems. It doesn’t specifically tell you how to install any particular operating system because there are instructions for doing that online. Instead, the chapter helps you understand the process for installing an operating system and helps you ...

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