Computer Operating Systems

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 Version of Windows Do I Have?

What operating system are you running these days? Windows 7? Windows 8? Windows 10? We'll show you how to quickly find out.

How to Factory Reset Windows 10

Is your computer achingly inept these days? Doing a factory reset of Windows 10 might get it humming smoothly again if you can set aside a few hours.

How to Take a Screenshot in Windows

You want to share what's on your screen with someone on email or through social media. But how do you do it? Microsoft Windows has several easy ways.

How to Use Windows Device Manager

Device Manager is a central hub that lets you configure every component of your Windows operating system on your computer. Here's how to use it.

Microsoft's New Operating System Won't Let Users Change Default Browser

It has a few other default settings that some users may take issue with, too.

How Windows 8 Works

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system works on computers and some mobile devices, too. It also brings big changes from earlier versions of Windows. What can you expect if you upgrade your computer?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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

Linux is a free computer operating system that has been increasing in popularity. The same can be said of Ubuntu. There's a relationship between the two, but what is it?

How to Print from a Linux

Do you use the Linux operating system and wonder how to print from a Linux? Learn how to print from a Linux in this article.

How to Make the Background Image on Your Computer Bigger

You'd like to learn how to make the background image on your computer screen bigger. Read here to learn how to make the background image on your computer bigger.

How to Reinstall Windows Without Losing Data

You'd like to learn how to reinstall Windows without losing your data. Learn about how to reinstall Windows without losing data in this article.

How the Google Chrome OS Works

Google's new operating system is designed to be faster and to require less maintenance than existing OSes. What will you give up in return? Will you be running it on your everyday machine?

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?

Bill Gates Pictures

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has had a successful career – to put it mildly. He’s also had all sorts of adventures along the way, like jamming out with Slash during a session of Guitar Hero. Keep up with the mastermind in this image gallery.

How Web Operating Systems Work

What if you could access all your software and files from any computer? If you use a Web operating system, all you need is a Web browser and the Internet.

How Windows Vista Works

After lengthy delays, Microsoft finally released the much-anticipated first version of the graphics-heavy Windows Vista. Check out what's new.

In Windows, what is Safe Mode used for and why?

While Windows is a versatile and powerful operating system, there are times that it can be frustrating. Safe Mode is a special way for Windows to load when there is a system-critical problem that interferes with the normal operation of Windows.

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.

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.

What is Linux and why is it so popular?

Linux is as much a phenomenon as it is an operating system. To understand why Linux has become so popular, it is helpful to know a little bit about its history.