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Operating systems manage the tasks and resources on your computer. Learn how they work and about specific OS’s, such as Windows Vista or Linux.
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Do tablets have a crash screen like other computers?

When desktop computers crash, they often have a screen with information about the crash and what to do next. But tablets work differently -- is there a crash screen that lets you know that your device needs a reboot?

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  • 5 Important Jobs Your Operating System Handles Without You Knowing

    5 Important Jobs Your Operating System Handles Without You Knowing

    Operating systems help computer hardware and software communicate with each other. Although you're seeing some of what your OS does, it manages many more tasks. What's going on behind the scenes? See more »

  • Apple Boot Camp Quiz: Drop and give me 20 (GB)!

    Apple Boot Camp Quiz: Drop and give me 20 (GB)!

    Boot Camp makes it possible for you to run both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows on Mac computers. Think you know how to navigate both systems at once? Lace up your (digital) combat boots and show your knowledge. See more »

  • Are touch-screen interfaces changing operating systems?

    Are touch-screen interfaces changing operating systems?

    There used to be a time when touching your computer screen would just lead to some smudgy fingerprints. Now, lots of computer users are carting around tablets that use touch-screen interfaces. See more »

  • Can your computer run without an operating system?

    Can your computer run without an operating system?

    For your average computer user, operating systems like Windows or the Mac OS are par for the course. But what if there wasn't an OS? Would the computer still, well, compute? See more »

  • Do tablets have a crash screen like other computers?

    Do tablets have a crash screen like other computers?

    When desktop computers crash, they often have a screen with information about the crash and what to do next. But tablets work differently -- is there a crash screen that lets you know that your device needs a reboot? See more »

  • Gadget Savvy: BIOS Quiz

    Gadget Savvy: BIOS Quiz

    On virtually every computer available, the basic input/output system, or BIOS, makes sure all the other components function together smoothly. Without BIOS, you wouldn't be able to load your operating system. How much do you know about BIOS? See more »

  • How Apple Boot Camp Works

    How Apple Boot Camp Works

    The days of the great divide between Mac and Windows operating systems are over, thanks to Boot Camp. What does it take to install Windows on an Apple computer, and how does Boot Camp help you do it? See more »

  • How do I upgrade the version of Android on my tablet?

    How do I upgrade the version of Android on my tablet?

    We're happy to help you get the latest, tastiest version of the Android operating system. Here's how. See more »

  • How Operating Systems Work

    How Operating Systems Work

    The operating system controls every task your computer carries out and manages system resources to optimize performance. Learn how your operating system handles it all so you can multi-task without a crash. See more »

  • How Palm webOS Works

    How Palm webOS Works

    Palm is trying to recapture the hearts of gadget fans with its new smartphone operating system, the webOS. Can the webOS help Palm beat out the BlackBerry and iPhone? See more »

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