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PCs For Dummies, 13th Edition by Dan Gookin

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Chapter 13

Relevant Parts of Windows

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding operating systems

arrow Checking out the desktop

arrow Finding the taskbar

arrow Getting at the Start menu

arrow Working with notifications

arrow Opening the Settings app

arrow Accessing the Control Panel

This book’s topic is primarily hardware, the clunky stuff. To make that clunky stuff work, you must interact with software. The chief piece of software in a computer is the operating system. On a PC, that operating system is Microsoft Windows. Frequently, you’ll find Windows rubbing into the PC’s various hardware parts.

What’s an Operating System?

As the top bird on the PC software totem pole, the operating system has several duties:

  • Control the computer’s hardware: Hardware does nothing without software to tell it what to do, and the operating system ...

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