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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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What does open source mean?

What would you do if you could customize the software on your computer? Learn about open source code and how applications might be more useful and error-free in the long term.


How Windows 8 Works

 How Windows 8 Works

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system works on computers and some mobile devices, too. Learn all about how Windows 8 works. See more »

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

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

Do you know how to upgrade the version of Android on your tablet? See these tips on how to upgrade the version of Android on your tablet. 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. Do tablets have a crash screen too? See more »

5 Important Jobs Your Operating System Handles Without You Knowing

 5 Important Jobs Your Operating System Handles Without You Knowing

Operating systems handle many different jobs inside your computer. See five important jobs your operating system handles without you knowing. See more »

Are touch-screen interfaces changing operating systems?

 Are touch-screen interfaces changing operating systems?

Touch-screen interfaces are everywhere. Find out if touch-screen interfaces are changing operating systems and if so, how. See more »

Can your computer run without an operating system?

 Can your computer run without an operating system?

How important are operating systems exactly? Can your computer run without an operating system? Find out. See more »

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

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

How much do you know about Apple's Boot Camp? Take our Apple Boot Camp Quiz by HowStuffWorks and see how well you do. See more »

How Apple Boot Camp Works

 How Apple Boot Camp Works

Apple Boot Camp allows users to install Windows on an Apple Computer. Learn how Apple Boot Camp works and its features. See more »

My OS Is Open Source - An Ubuntu and Linux Quiz

 My OS Is Open Source - An Ubuntu and Linux Quiz

Linux and Ubuntu are open source operating systems. Take our quiz and find out how much you know about Linux and Ubuntu! See more »

What's Ubuntu, and how is it different from Linux?

 What's Ubuntu, and how is it different from Linux?

Ubuntu is a free computer operating system that has been increasing in popularity. Find out what Ubuntu is all about. See more »