30+ Windows OS Terms

Windows Operating Systems are commonly used in many places. Windows is a software company that offers different operating systems for various purposes. In this blog post, we will be discussing some of the terminology related to the Windows OS.

Common Windows 11 terms

Windows 11 is the next version of Microsoft Windows that is scheduled to release in late 2020 or early 2021. This section will explore some of the most important terms and acronyms you need to know about. We only list new terms here, others can be found on Windows 10 section.

  • TPM 2.0: The TPM is a tiny chip that can be found on the motherboard of your computer. This little guy provides encryption and authentication services to ensure you’re securely connected with websites, as well as being able to tell if someone has been messing around with software or hardware in an unauthorized way. TPM 2.0 is required to install Windows 11.
  • Fluent Design: This is a design language for Windows 11 that was introduced in 2017. It incorporates elements of light, depth, motion and material to create a more natural experience when operating the various parts of your computer system. The Windows 11’s visual evolution succeeds where Windows 10 failed by giving users a unified look across devices that feels like coming home to your computer again, and it is called Fluent.

Common Windows 10 terms

Windows 10 is one of the newest operating systems that has been released by Microsoft. It has a few new features that make it an upgrade from previous versions, and also a few changes to how you interact with your computer. There are many terms related to Windows 10 that are used in everyday life but not everyone knows what they mean. This blog post will go over some of the most popular terminology for those who want to learn more about this product!

  • Address bar: The address bar is located at the top of your screen and displays information about what site you are looking at. You can type in a web address to navigate to somewhere else or click on any words that appear underlined – these will automatically take you to another page related.
  • Alt+Tab: Alt tab allows users who are in the middle of doing something to quickly switch between programs – it’s usually a hotkey and will be shown by pressing those two buttons.
  • Apps and Features: Apps are small programs that help to complete tasks with Windows, like News (this will take your current news feed from places such as Facebook or Twitter).
  • Computer Management: Computer management does many things which include managing Windows updates, adding new hardware, troubleshooting problems (even if they’re caused by malware), etc. This is an essential tool when wanting to keep everything running smoothly!
  • Command Prompt: Command prompt may sound like something simple but it actually has some more complicated things as well, like being able to turn Cortana off and on! It also comes in handy when wanting to do advanced functions such as updating your drivers or shutting down your computer without using any other tools (you just need an internet connection).
  • Cortana: Cortana is an application with voice recognition software included, which means you can interact with your computer by talking! This is one of the newest features and has been getting a lot of attention.
  • Disk Management: Disk Management allows users to access files on any type of drive – including SSDs and USB drives. It’s important because it can help fix issues about space without having to reformat.
  • Device Manager: Device Manager allows users to see what type of drivers they need in order to install any new hardware and is also used for troubleshooting problems.
  • Desktop: The desktop is where you find all of your icons, folders, and other applications. If you move to another screen on Windows then that will be considered a different Desktop. You may also have more than one if you are using multiple screens.
  • Event Viewer: The Event Viewer is where you find alerts about Windows that are notifying the user of anything from new updates available, programs crashing, or something appearing on your screen (like a pop-up) without your consent.
  • File Explorer: File explorer is an essential tool because it lets people access their files and folders wherever they might be – whether that’s on the internet (cloud) or just stored locally. It comes with a variety of tools such as being able to cut, copy, delete files and more.
  • Folder: Folders store documents related to specific topics (or anything else) – they allow for easy organization because it’s much easier to see them than having everything scattered around on your desktops.
  • Icon: Icons represent files or programs on our computers. They are recognizable as small pictures in boxes.
  • Mobility Center: The Mobility Center option might not be available on all computers but it’s still important to know about! It sits at the bottom right corner of your screen where you can access a variety of features including gestures for using your computer without keyboard/mouse input, accessibility options, battery life information, etc.
  • Power Options: Power Options is where you go when wanting to turn off or restart your computer. You can display this by going to “Settings” > “Power & sleep”.
  • Ribbon: The ribbon is located top left next to the Address bar – it has all sorts of icons for doing different things like opening an email, creating documents, etc., as well as links to settings options that appear underlined when hovered over with your mouse pointer It may take some time getting used to this new type of menu but once you do then everything should be much easier.
  • Run: Run allows people who are using Windows and don’t know where they need to go next (or what program) to use run instead by typing out its name. This will bring up either different options based on which windows product they are running/using or one option at a time when giving parameters.
  • Settings: Settings are used for changing anything on Windows – including Cortana, desktop background, etc! They’re also where you can change security and user account permissions.
  • Search: Search is used for finding anything on the internet – whether that’s a word you want to spell or an item in your search engine. It also comes with web history so if you’re looking for something specific from earlier you can find it! You may have seen this icon before.
  • Scroll bar: This is found at either side of a window, which helps you scroll through pages when there are more than what will fit in one screen or frame.
  • Security Settings: Security Settings are what protects all of our files on Windows from anything that might want to get inside them – this includes malware, viruses, etc. It’s important because if something were to happen then it could potentially affect everything else too.
  • System: System has many different functions such as storing settings for all devices connected to it, managing processes running in the background like apps and services, etc. It’s also important because if there is any sort of problem with either hardware or software then this will be one of the first things to go over with whoever might have caused it.
  • Task bar: Your taskbar most likely sits at the bottom left of your screen and displays the most recently opened programs. You can click on any of these to open them again.
  • Task Manager: Task Manager allows users to see processes running at a certain time so they know which ones need attention next. You may not need this often but it does come in handy when wanting do things like close programs down without having to go through a whole bunch of menus or find the right one.
  • Title Bar: Above every window on Windows sits something called a title bar. This is always blue and displays the exact name of the program you are currently in.
  • User Account: Users account permission settings can be found by going into “Settings” > “Accounts” where you will find options such as changing your picture, name, or the password.
  • Task Manager: Task Manager allows users to see processes running at a certain time so they know which ones need attention next. You may not need this often but it does come in handy when wanting do things like close programs down without having to go through a whole bunch of menus or find the right one.
  • Windows Key: The Windows key is on every keyboard and it’s used for opening up programs. You can usually tell where this will be by looking at what type of symbol is printed next to the letter “W” – if there isn’t anything then you would most likely press that button.
  • Windows key+L: The Windows key + L command is used for locking your computer so you can walk away without worrying about someone accessing private information or messing with settings. This also has other functions, such as showing notifications if there are any updates available.
  • Start Button: Start button might not always show up on your screen but that doesn’t mean you should forget about it! It has many different purposes which include bringing up Cortana (depending on how much access they have), shutting down Windows, opening apps/programs, etc. You may need this more often than anything else depending on what type of user you are.
  • Network Connections: Network Connections is where you can see what Wi-Fi connections are near your computer. You will need this for anything that has to do with networking, such as accessing the internet or opening a program.
  • Windows PowerShell: Windows Power Shell gives users more options than just going through menus – you may find yourself using it more often when needing to do things like restarting your computer or adding new settings. It allows you to access more setting via command line.

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