Operating System Installation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting Guide

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OPERATING SYSTEM INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE, AND TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE

Table of Contents
1. Table of Contents …………………………………………………………………………............. 2-3
2. Introduction ……………………………………………………………...................................... 4
3. Overview of Operating Systems …………………………………………………………….......... 5
Components and functions of operating systems ……………………………………… 6
Different versions of Windows® operating systems, including Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista® and Windows 7 …………………………………………………. 6-7
4. Installation of Windows® Operating Systems
Procedures to install Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista® operating systems ……………………………………………………………………………………
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The shell provides ways for the user to perform tasks on the computer through user interface tools, such as Windows Explorer, Control Panel, or My Computer. The shell provides commands and procedures for applications to call on to perform operations.
Kernel- The kernel (Andrews, 2009, p. 46) is the central component of an operating system (OS) responsible for interacting with the hardware. Applications running under the OS cannot get to the hardware devices without the shell passing those requests on to the kernel. The kernel’s responsibilities include managing the system’s resources and communications between hardware and software components.
Device Manager- The Device Manager (Andrews, 2009, p. 73) “Your primary Windows tool when solving problems with hardware.” It is a Control Panel applet in Windows operating systems that permits users “a central and organized view of all the Microsoft Windows recognized hardware installed on a computer. (It) can be used for changing hardware configuration options, managing drivers, disabling and enabling hardware, identifying conflicts between hardware devices, and much more” (Pcsupport.about.com). The Device Manager is a beneficial tool and resource that permits the user a method to troubleshoot problems with hardware.
Registry- The registry (Andrews, 2009, p. 46) is a component of an operating system (OS) where hardware and software configuration information, user

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