Introducing… Microsoft Windows VISTA What is WINDOWS? Windows is an OPERATING SYSTEM . Recall: An operating system is software (i.e. a computer program) that manages your computer. What is an OPERATING SYSTEM? An OS is a computer program that: Controls the hardware of the computer,
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Windows is an OPERATING SYSTEM.
Recall: An operating system is software (i.e. a computer program) that manages your computer.
An OS is a computer program that:
The OS is in charge of allocating resources to processes, such as:
The OS is the program that enables communication between a user and a computer by:
A user interface is the combination of hardware and software that allows you to communicate with the computer.
The goal of a user interface is to be user friendly.
GUI = graphical user interface
is an interface that displays graphics to communicate with the user.
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If you right click on My Computer and choose Explore you will see the directory tree on your left, shown from left to right.
C:\Documents and Settings\Desktop\Courses\CIS5.2
Now, we begin the hands-on (less conceptual ) intro to Windows VISTA.
When you log in to your computer, you are looking at your Desktop.
The desktop is meant to simulate a physical desktop, including:
In general: the LEFT mouse button selects, and the RIGHT mouse button displays a pop-up menu.
If you cannot find a file on your computer:
Always keep your folders and files organized!