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User Interface

Allows the user to communicate with the computer easily.

Memory Management

Checks how much memory should be allocated to a process, decides which process will get memory at what time and moves processes back and forth between memory and hard drive.

Peripheral Management

Manages all devices connected to the computer by sending them commands in their own computer language.


Allows a user to perform more than one computer task at a time.


Refers to specified steps or measures used to protect the OS from threats, viruses, worms, malware or remote hacker intrusions.


Used to safeguard a computer from malware, including viruses, computer worms, and Trojan horses and may also remove or prevent spyware and adware, along with other forms of malicious programs.


Monitors incoming and outgoing packet requests, can be used to filter out certain packets of data


Process of preparing a data storage device such as a hard disk drive, solid-state drive, floppy disk or USB flash drive for initial use


Reduces data access time and allows storage to be used more efficiently


Program written for the purpose of examining the state, or locating problems with the hardware, or operating system environment that it is running on/in.

Disk Cleanup

Designed to free up disk space on a computer's hard drive

Automatic Updating

Provides updates automatically to fix bugs, make improvements and fix security issues

Custom Written Software Advantages

Will get the exact software/system that they need, The software will only have the features that they specifically need

Off The Shelf Advantages

The initial price should be relatively cheap as costs are spread across a wider array of users, The software can potentially be very sophisticated because of the resources that are put into its development

Open Source Advantages

Free to use, anyone can view and edit the source code, allows for lots of new versions and advantages submitted from multiple people