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  • x86

    x86 is a generic name for the series of Intel microprocessor families that began with the 80286 microprocessor. 

  • System Restore

    System Restore is a Windows utility that allows a user to restore their computer data to a specific former state (known as a restore point), undoing changes made since that time. 

  • gold code

    In software development, gold code is the final, ready-to-manufacture (that is, replicate onto media) version of the software. 

  • taskbar

    In the graphical user interface (GUI) for a computer operating system or application, a taskbar is a visual device on the desktop that typically shows the user which applications (tasks) are currently active and running. 

  • extended desktop

    Extended desktop is a feature in a computer that allows a user to extend viewing capabilities by using two or more monitors at the same time. 

  • thunk

    Thunk is programming that converts 16-bit memory address space into 32-bit memory address space and vice versa. 

  • Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

    The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is an application that provides a graphical-user interface (GUI) and a programming framework in which consoles (collections of administrative tools) can be created, saved, and opened. 

  • Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL)

    Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) is a Microsoft procedure for certifying that the hardware for peripherals and other components is compatible (works as expected) with Microsoft Windows operating systems. 

  • computer

    A computer is a device that accepts information (in the form of digitalized data) and manipulates it for some result based on a program or sequence of instructions on how the data is to be processed. 

  • swap file (swap space or pagefile)

    A swap file (or swap space or, in Windows NT, a pagefile) is a space on a hard disk used as the virtual memory extension of a computer's real memory (RAM).