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3Explore Windows With Kirshan Windows XPExplore Windows With Kirshan
4Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows is the name of several families of software operating systems by Microsoft.Microsoft first introduced an operating environment named Windows in November 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces (GUIs).
5WindowsAt the 2004 IDC (CONSTRUCTION industrial development ) Directions conference IDC Vice President Avneesh Saxena stated thatWindows had approximately 90% of the client operating system market
6Market share Source http://en.wikipedia.org Windows Version Market shareAll versions %Windows XP %Windows Vista %Windows %Windows %Windows NT %Windows ME %Windows CE %Windows %
7HISTORYIn 1983 Microsoft announced its development of Windows, a graphical user interface (GUI) for its own operating system (MS-DOS) that had shipped for IBM PC and compatible computers since 1981.It was originally going to be called Interface Manager, but Rowland Hanson, the head of marketing at Microsoft, convinced the company that the name Windows would be more appealing to consumers
8HISTORYThe first version of Microsoft Windows, version 1.0, released in November 20, 1985, lacked a degree of functionality and achieved little popularity, and was to compete with Apple's own operating system.Windows 1.0 is not a complete operating system; rather, it extends MS-DOS
9HISTORYMicrosoft Windows version 3.0, released in 1990, was the first Microsoft Windows version to achieve broad commercial success, selling 2 million copies in the first six months
11HISTORY Date 16-bit 32-bit 64-bit November 20, 1985 Windows 1.0 December 9, 1987Windows 2.0May 22, 1990Windows 3.0April 6, 1992Windows 3.1October 27, 1992Windows for Workgroups 3.1July 27, 1993Windows NT 3.1November 8, 1993Windows for Workgroups 3.11September 21, 1994Windows NT 3.5May 30, 1995Windows NT 3.51August 24, 1995Windows 95August 24, 1996Windows NT 4.0
12HISTORY Date 16-bit 32-bit 64-bit June 25, 1998 Windows 98 May 9, 1999 Windows 98 SEFebruary 17, 2000Windows 2000September 14, 2000Windows MeOctober 25, 2001Windows XPApril 25, 2003Windows Server 2003December 18, 2003Windows XP Media Center Edition 2003October 12, 2004Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
13HISTORY Date 16-bit 32-bit 64-bit April 25, 2005 Windows XP Professional x64 EditionJune 8, 2006Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCsNovember 30, 2006Windows Vista for Business useJanuary 30, 2007Windows Vista for Home use; released in fifty countriesQ4 2007Windows Home ServerFebruary 27, 2008Windows Server 20082010Windows 7
14MS-DOS product progression MS-DOS and PC-DOSWindows 95 (MS-DOS 7.0)Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2.x, Windows 98 (MS-DOS 7.1)Windows Millennium Edition (MS-DOS 8.0)
15Windows 1.0 product progression Windows 2.1 (aka Windows/286 and Windows/386)Windows 3.0, Windows 3.1, Windows 3.1 for Workgroups, Windows 3.11, Windows 3.11 for Workgroups (WfW)Windows 95 (Windows 4.0)Windows 98 (Windows 4.1)Windows Millennium Edition (Windows 4.9)
16Current NT line product progression Windows NT 3.1, 3.5Windows NT 4.0Windows 2000 (Windows NT 5.0)Windows XP (Windows NT 5.1)Windows Server 2003, Windows XP 64-bit Edition 2003 (Windows NT 5.2)Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (Windows NT 5.2)Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (Windows NT 5.1)Windows Vista (Windows NT 6.0)
18Windows XPWindows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers.The letters "XP" stand for eXPerienceWindows XP is the successor to both Windows 2000 Professional and Windows Me
19Windows XPDevelopment of Windows XP started in 1999 in the form of Windows Neptune. Windows XP was developed for 18 months, from December 1999 to August 2001, and was released on October 25, 2001.
20Features New user interface Ability for two users to be logged on simultaneouslyWindows Media Player for Windows XPWindows MessengerExpanded Help featureAdvanced security featuresIntegrates features of Windows 9x and 2000Provides added support for multimedia and networking technologiesSlightly different look and feel from its predecessorsPlug-in Play Support with new Driver database bank
21Criticism Require High space about 1 GB of Harddisk Require large memorySome time miss match drivers not valid by microsoft
23Before Explore????Can you tell what isWindows XP
24Lets learn Windows XP Recognizing an Windows and Application Window
25Mouse Pointer Pointing to the position you want. "(POINT)" 1 – click is "(CLICK)"2 – click continuously is " (DOUBLE CLICK)Hold the mouse pressing and move the pointer to another position, then release the button "(DRAG & DROP)"
26Cursors and PointerThere are many types of arrows, pointers, cursors, and other items, that can be used to navigate around in Windows.To modify mouse pointers, go to My Computer > Control Panel > Mouse > Pointer.
27The DesktopThe main display screen in Windows is known as the desktop.Also called windows shellThe Windows desktop has remained consistent for most versions of Windows including 95, 98, 98 SE, Millennium (ME), NT, and 2000.
28Let’s talk about the windows components Desktop (workspace)Icon1.Let’s talk about the windows components2.3. Start Button4. Task Bar
30The DesktopLocated at the bottom of the desktop is the taskbar.The taskbar contains the Start button, quick launch buttons, and the clock.The Start button displays the Start menu. This menu allows access to virtually every program and function on the PC.Quick launch buttons are similar to desktop icons as they are also shortcuts to applications.
31Commands How can we work on Windows? It is easy... take a look! 1. Start Button2. Icons on Desktop3. Right click – get shortcut menu
33Desktop Icons My Computer My Documents Application Icon Working with IconsApplication IconIcons are shortcuts to programs or files on the computer desktop that improve navigation.Keeping deleted filesArranging the Icons
35Working with Windows Control Menu Control Buttons Title Bar Menu Bar Tool BarScroll BarStatus Bar
36Recognizing an Application Window Application windows typically have a title bar, tool bar, menu bar, status bar, and scroll bar.WordPad will be used to demonstrate the features common to most Windows applications.WordPad, or Notepad on some Windows computers, is a word processing program located in the Start > Programs > Accessories directory of a Windows environment.
37Title BarDisplays the name of the document and application. In this example, it is "Document - WordPad".Also located in the title bar are the Minimize, Maximize, and Exit buttons that will be discussed soon
38Menu Bar Menu A list of options to choose from A list of commands for manipulating data
39A list of options that pulls down from the top of the screen Pull-down menuA list of options that pulls down from the top of the screen
40Menus that seem to explode out to the right Fly-out menusMenus that seem to explode out to the right
41ToolbarA bar across the top of the display window, which displays menus and icons representing frequently used options
42Status BarLocated at the bottom of the window, the status bar shows useful information, such as page number, whether the file is being saved, how to access the Help feature, etc.
43Scroll BarMoving quickly upward, downward, or sideways through the text or other screen displayWindows may have scroll bars that appear on the right side, the bottom of the window, or both.Clicking on the arrows on either end of the scroll bar moves the images or text through the window.
60SOME SKILLS TO KNOW Creating shortcut Rename any file Copy , delete , move any fileSystem informationSetup any applicationGetting helpWindows explorerSearchingSome common task shortcutsRunning DOSDialup connection
61Standard Applications on Windows What else can we do on Windows? a lot!!We are all familiarwith these.
62Standard and Scientific CalculatorThere are 2 styles:Standard and ScientificClick on: View Menu
63256 equals to ?? in binary digit Calculator.. Just Do it!5 + 3 = ?3 x 5Sin(45) = ?815 = ?256 equals to ?? in binary digit
64Standard Applications on Windows NotePad is a small text editorapplication, suitable for takingnotes or memos.
65Standard Applications on Windows WordPad is a small word-processing application.
66Standard Applications on Windows Paint is a painting application with various tools i.e. brush, pen, etc.
67Others Application Software Windows is an operating system with some standard applications. We can also install the additional applications on Windows. For example, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.
68Lab Work… Write at least 3 input and 3 output units with their usage. Design a flag of PakistanDesign any image of your choice and colorCopy all images from my document to desktop under a folder names assignment1Make a folder in start menu and paint , notepad icons in thatOpen help file wordpad and search details on insert object copy text and past it in Wordpad then color red where ever object word is, replace microsoft word with MS.
69Microsoft Windows components Configuration and maintenanceUser interfaceApplications and utilitiesWindows Server componentsFile systemsCore componentsServicesGames
70Configuration and maintenance ComponentDescriptionIntroducedControl PanelAllows users to view and manipulate basic system settings and controls, such as adding hardware, adding and removing software, controlling user accounts, changing accessibility options, and so on.Windows 1.0Device ManagerAllows the user to display and control the hardware attached to the computer, and control what device drivers are used.Windows 95Windows Mobility CenterCentralizes the most relevant information related to mobile computing.Windows VistaWindows Security CenterCentralizes and reports on the status of anti-virus, Automatic Updates, Windows Firewall, and other security-related components of the operating system.Windows XP SP2
71List of Control Panel applets In recent versions of Windows, the Control Panel has two views, Classic View and Category View, and it is possible to switch between these through an option that appears on the left side of the window.ILApplications we see in control panel are called applets.The control panel then uses these lists to locate the applets and load them into the control panel program (control.exe) when started by the user. In addition to using the control panel a user can also invoke the applets manually via the command processor, for instance the following syntax in XP and Vista respectively will run the internet properties appletControl.exe inetcpl.cpl control.exe /name Microsoft. InternetOptions
73Accessibility Options (Access.cpl) Allows users to configure the accessibility of their PC. It comprises various settings primarily aimed at users with disabilities or hardware problems.The behaviour of the keyboard can be modified, this is aimed at people who have difficulty pressing key-combinations, or pressing a key just once. (StickyKeys, FilterKeys and ToggleKeys)Behaviour of sounds can be modified. (SoundSentry and ShowSounds)High contrast mode can be activated.The keyboard cursor can be customized.The mouse pointer can be controlled using the keyboard. (MouseKeys)
74Add New Hardware (hdwwiz.cpl) Launches a wizard which allows users to add new hardware devices to the system. This can be done by selecting from a list of devices or by specifying the location of the driver installation files.
75Add or Remove Programs (appwiz.cpl) The Add/Remove Programs dialog allows the user to manipulate software installed on the system in a number of ways;Allows users to uninstall and change existing software packages, as well as indicating how much space individual programs take and how frequently they are used.Allows users to manually install software from a CD-ROM or Floppy Disk, and install add-ons from Windows Update.Allows users to change which Windows components are installed, via the Windows setup Wizard, which includes Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and Windows MessengerFinally, it allows users to specify the default applications for certain tasks, via the 'set program access and defaults' wizard, such as internet browsers, media players and programs and whether access to these programs is available
76Administrative ToolsContains tools for system administration, including security, performance and service configuration. These are links to various configurations of the Microsoft Management Console such as the local services list and the Event Viewer.
77Automatic Updates (wuaucpl.cpl) This is used to specify how the Automatic Updates client (wuauclt.exe) should download updates from the Microsoft Update Website, by default this is set to download and install daily, however this can be changed to a more suitable frequency. This also allows the user to specify whether to ask permission before downloading and/or installing updates or to simply switch of Automatic Updates all together.
78Date and Time (timedate.cpl) Allows user to change the date and time stored in the machines BIOS, change the time zone and specify whether to synchronize the date and time with an Internet Time Server and which server to use.
79Display (desk.cpl)Allows the user to change the display characteristics of their computer;Allows users to change the desktop background (wallpaper) to a picture of their choice and specifies how it should be shown.Allows the user to change or disable the screensaver, and specify how long it takes to activate and whether to ask for a password on resumeAllows the user to specify the colour styles of all elements within the system, primarily whether to use the Windows XP / Vista styles (blue by default in XP) or to use the classic Windows 98 / Me styles, this also allows the user to change the My Computer and Recycle Bin icons.Allows the user to change the screen resolution and colour quality, and provides trouble shooting advice for displays.
80Folder Options (Shell32.dll -RUNDLL 0) This item allows for configuration of how folders and files are presented in Windows Explorer. More specifically it allows the user to specify general settings like whether folders open in a new window or the existing window and whether the common tasks pane is shown, as well as more advanced tasks such as whether windows should hide critical system files and whether to show file extensions. It is also used to modify file type associations in Windows ie., which program opens which type of file and other settings like actions for each file type and the file extension
81FontsDisplays all fonts installed on the computer. Users can remove fonts, install new fonts or search for fonts using font characteristics.
82Internet Options (inetcpl.cpl) Allows the user to change the way the computer manages internet connections and browser settings for Internet Explorer, it has several tags specifying different attributes;General - This specifies the homepage and colour schemes and allows the user to delete internet usage history.Security & Privacy - These specify whether the computer should allow websites to undertake certain processes and download cookies, this panel also gives access to the inbuilt popup blocker (Windows XP SP2 and later) and the phishing controls (Internet Explorer 7).Content - Allows the parental controls and auto-complete to be configured and also specifies how to deal with certificates.Connections, Programs and Advanced - These give access to other aspects of internet settings such as the default modem connection and client, proxy settings and other advanced configurations.
83Keyboard (main.cpl keyboard) Lets the user change and test keyboard settings, including cursor blink rate and key repeat rate.
84Mail (mlcfg32.cpl)Mail allows for configuration of the mail client in Windows, usually Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft Outlook Express cannot be configured with this item; it is configured through its own interface.
85Mouse (main.cpl)Mouse allows the configuration of pointer options, such as the double click and scroll speed, and includes visibility options such as whether to leave trails behind the mouse pointer and whether the pointer should disappear when typing. This also allows the user to specify the pointer appearance for each task, such as resize and busy.
86Network Connections (ncpa.cpl) Displays and allows the user to edit or create network connections such as Local Area Networks (LAN) and internet connections. It also offers troubleshooting functions in case the computer has to be reconnected to the network.
87Phone and Modem Options (telephon.cpl) Manages telephone and modem connections.
88Power Options (powercfg.cpl) Includes options to manage energy consumption such as;Specify how long it takes to switch off the display and hard drives and how long it takes for the system to enter standby, if at all.To decide what to do when the computer's on/off button is pressed, such as whether to shut down or to enter standby.Whether to allow Hibernation (some systems become unstable when restarting).Allows the user to configure UPS (if available).
89Printers and FaxesDisplays all the printers and faxes currently installed on the computer, and has two main uses;Firstly, it shows the all the jobs queued for each printer, the file size and status of each job and which user they belong to, it also allows each job to be paused, canceled or moved up or down the list.Secondly, it allows the user to set the printing or faxing preferences, such as paper size and quality via the manufacturers own preferences pane and also specifies how to share the printer across a network , the device drivers, ports etc.
90Regional and Language Settings (intl.cpl) Various regional settings can be altered, for instance:The way numbers are displayed (e.g. decimal separator).How Currency values are displayed, including the Currency sign.Time and date notations, such as the date separator and whether the clock should be in 12 or 24 hours.Cultural location of the user's computer (The time zone is set in Date and Time).Language;Input language.Keyboard layout (mapping between key strokes and characters).Display language for Menus and Dialog Boxes.Whether files necessary for Asiatic language support must be installed.Installed code pages.
91Security Center (Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Newer) (wscui.cpl) The security center gives the user access to the inbuilt Windows security components, as well as providing information about any existing antivirus software such as McAfee or Zone Alarm. It includes access to Windows Update, where users can specify whether the computer should check for updates regularly (also available through the Windows Update panel), and options for managing internet security settings. It also includes links to internet articles about PC security and current virus threats and notifies the user when the PCs security is compromised.
92Sounds and Audio Devices (mmsys.cpl) This panel contains various audio-related functions;Change the speaker volume and type and specify whether to show the volume icon in the notification area.Change the sounds played for the system or specific programs when a certain event occurs, i.e Windows Startup or Critical Stop.Change default devices for music playback, recording, voice recognition, MIDI etc.Change the Sound card settings and whether to use Hardware acceleration.Display the audio devices installed on the computer, and allows them to be configured.
93Speech (Sapi.cpl)This applet has two main functions, the first is specify settings for Speech synthesis, allowing the user to select the voice the computer should use to narrate text and how fast it should read. The second is to specify settings forSpeech recognition, allowing the user to set up different profiles detailing how the computer should deal with an individuals dialect, for instance;The amount of grammatical errors in a persons voice (punctuality sensitivity).The speed at which the person speaks, and the time delay between words.This also allows the user to access the voice recognition training wizard, in which an individual 'teaches' the computer to recognize a person voice interactively using the microphone.
94System (Sysdm.cpl)This is used to view and change core system settings, a user can for instance:Display general information on the user's machine such as the amount of RAM, CPU speed and type, the version of Windows the system is using and the manufacturer.Edit the computer name in a network workgroup.Manage and Configure hardware devices, and view information such as the manufacturer, user access and driver version of any hardware device installed on the system via Device Manager.Enable/Disable system features such as automatic updates and System restore monitoring.Specify advanced features such as performance logs, virtual memory settings and roaming profiles.
95Taskbar and Start Menu (Shell32.dll -RUNDLL 1) Allows the user to change the behavior and appearance of the task bar and Start Menu;Specifies whether to use Windows XP/Vista or Classic 9x/Me styles on the taskbar and start menu.Whether the taskbar should Auto-Hide.Whether to show the clock in the notification area.Allows the user to manage the tray icons.Advanced options such as whether to show Printers & Faxes in the start menu and whether to display My Documents as a menu or as a link to a new window.
96User Accounts (nusrmgr.cpl) This allows the user to configure their account and other accounts used in the system, should they have sufficient privileges. They can change their username and password, their picture (if enabled) and their .net passport. If the current user has an administrators account they can also add, delete and modify other user accounts as well as make changes to core system settings. This panel also specifies whether the guest account should be active and whether to use the Welcome screen while Windows loads.
97Peripheral DevicesThese are options in the control panel that show devices connected to the computer. They do not actually offer a direct interface to control these devices, but rather offer basic tasks such as removal procedures and links to wizards (Printers & faxes is the exception).Such Applets include;Scanners and CamerasGame ControllersPortable Media Devices
98Other Microsoft distributed applets Bluetooth Devices (bthprops.cpl)Available with bluetooth enabled systems running XP SP2 or later, this enables users to configure a Bluetooth connection, showing a list of all bluetooth devices interacting with the system, an addition to the following items;Allowing users to create incoming and outgoing 'virtual' COM Ports, which allow devices to have dedicated connections to the system.Allowing users to specify general bluetooth characteristics such as whether the computer is discoverable and the computers name which is broadcast.
99Infrared (irprops.cpl) Color (color.cpl)Enables a more advanced control of colour settings within Windows than is available in 'display', suitable for developers and visual specialists it allows users to create and load ICC compliant colour profiles, associate screen colour with printers and cameras and view a 3D graphics plot of the colour gamut. By default this applet is not installed, however it can be installed for free from the Microsoft WebsiteInfrared (irprops.cpl)Similar to the Bluetooth applet, this is used to configure how the computer manages any wireless infrared ports installed, including options such as connectivity and security.CSNW (nwc.cpl)The Client Service for NetWare applet is used to select a default tree and context in a Novell Directory Services (NDS) environment, or the NetWare server used most frequently in a non-NDS environment.Requirement: Installing the Client Service for NetWare.Software ExplorersPart of Windows Defender, allows users to view detailed information about software that is currently running on the computer that can affect the users' privacy or the security of the computer.
100Third Party AppletsThird-party software vendors have released many applets and it is impossible to mention all of them; some of the more common ones are:Adobe Gamma (Adobe Gamma.cpl), for altering the screen display with Adobe Imaging Software such as PhotoshopJava (jpicpl32.cpl), for changing settings with Java Runtime ConsoleNero Burnrights (NeroBurnRights.cpl), for specifying who is allowed to use the CD burner with NeronVIDIA Control panel, for changing advanced settings on systems using nVIDIA GPUsQuicktime (quicktime.cpl), for specifying settings of the Apple Quicktime Player
102Administrative Tools Microsoft Management Console Provides system administrators and advanced users with a flexible interface through which they may configure and monitor the system.Windows NT 4.0 Option PackWindows System Assessment ToolA built-in benchmarking tool that analyzes the different subsystems (graphics, memory, etc), and uses the results to allow for comparison to other Windows Vista systems, and for software optimizations. It rates the computer's performance using the Windows Experience Index.Windows VistaSystem RestoreAllows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc., to a previous state in the event of a system failure.Windows MeWindows Recovery EnvironmentHelps diagnose and recover from serious errors which may be preventing Windows from booting successfully, or restore the computer to a previous state using System Restore or a backup image.Windows Disk DefragmenterRearranges files stored on a hard disk to occupy contiguous storage locations in order to optimize computer performance.Windows 95, Windows 2000Event ViewerLets administrators and users view the event logs on a local or remote machine.Windows NT 3.1Reliability and Performance MonitorLets administrators view current system reliability and performance trends over time.Logical Disk ManagerA logical volume manager developed by Microsoft in conjunction with Veritas Software.Windows NT 4.0 (as a separate Tool) 2000 (integrated in the Management Console)Registry EditorEdits the Windows registry.Windows 3.1Task SchedulerAllows users to script tasks for running during scheduled intervalsMicrosoft Plus! for Windows 95
103Microsoft Management Console Windows System Assessment Tool Administrative ToolsMicrosoft Management ConsoleProvides system administrators and advanced users with a flexible interface through which they may configure and monitor the system.Windows NT 4.0 Option PackWindows System Assessment ToolA built-in benchmarking tool that analyzes the different subsystems (graphics, memory, etc), and uses the results to allow for comparison to other Windows Vista systems, and for software optimizations. It rates the computer's performance using the Windows Experience Index.Windows VistaSystem RestoreAllows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc., to a previous state in the event of a system failure.Windows MeWindows Recovery EnvironmentHelps diagnose and recover from serious errors which may be preventing Windows from booting successfully, or restore the computer to a previous state using System Restore or a backup image.Windows Disk DefragmenterRearranges files stored on a hard disk to occupy contiguous storage locations in order to optimize computer performance.Windows 95, Windows 2000Event ViewerLets administrators and users view the event logs on a local or remote machine.Windows NT 3.1Reliability and Performance MonitorLets administrators view current system reliability and performance trends over time.Logical Disk ManagerA logical volume manager developed by Microsoft in conjunction with Veritas Software.Windows NT 4.0 (as a separate Tool) 2000 (integrated in the Management Console)Registry EditorEdits the Windows registry.Windows 3.1Task SchedulerAllows users to script tasks for running during scheduled intervalsMicrosoft Plus! for Windows 95
104Software installation and deployment Windows UpdateAn online service which provides critical updates, service packs, device drivers, and other updates. A variation called Microsoft Update also provides software updates for several Microsoft products.Windows 98Windows InstallerA packaging format and engine for the installation, maintenance, and removal of software. Includes a GUI framework, automatic generation of the uninstallation sequence and deployment capabilities for corporate networks.Windows 2000ClickOnceTechnology for deploying .NET Framework-based software via web pages, with automatic update capabilities. Intended for per-user only applications..NET Framework 2.0
105User interface Component Description Introduced Windows Shell The most visible and recognizable aspect of Microsoft Windows. The shell is the container inside of which the entire graphical user interface is presented, including the taskbar, the desktop, Windows Explorer, as well as many of the dialog boxes and interface controls. In Windows Vista, a new compositing glass-like user interface called Windows Aero has been introduced.Windows 1.0Windows ExplorerProvides an interface for accessing the file systems, launching applications, and performing common tasks such as viewing and printing pictures.Windows 95Windows SearchStarting with Windows Vista, search is a tightly shell-integrated component of Windows. A downloadable Windows Desktop Search software is available for Windows XP and older versions.Windows Vista, downloadable for older versionsSpecial FoldersFolders which are presented to the user through an interface as an abstract concept, instead of an absolute path. This makes it possible for an application to locate where certain kinds of files can be found, regardless of what version or language of operating system is being used. See also, Windows Shell namespace.Start menuServes as the central launching point for applications. It provides a customizable, nested list of programs for the user to launch, as well as a list of most recently opened documents, a way to find files and get help, and access to the system settings.By default, the Start Button is visible at all times in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.TaskbarThe application desktop bar which is used to launch and monitor applications.Windows SidebarA new panel on the side of the screen to place gadgets.Windows VistaFile associationsUsed to open a file with the correct program. File associations can be uniquely assigned to specific actions, known as verbs.Windows 3.0
106Applications and utilities ComponentDescriptionIntroducedAccessoriesWindows CalendarCalendaring and task tracking application.Windows VistaWindows ContactsKeeps a single list of contacts that can be shared by multiple programs.CalculatorA calculation application.Windows 1.0Character MapUtility to view and search characters in a font, copy them to the clipboard and view their Windows Alt keycodes and Unicode namesWindows 3.1PaintA simple graphics painting program.NotepadA simple text editor.NarratorA screen reader utility that reads dialog boxes and window controls in a number of the more basic applications for Windows.Windows 2000Sound RecorderA simple audio recording program that can record from a microphone or headset, and save the results in WAVE format and Windows Media Audio format in some Windows versions.
107Private Character Editor Remote Desktop Connection COMMAND.COM and Cmd.exeA text-based shell (command line interpreter) that provides a command line interface to the operating system.MS-DOS 1.0WordPadA simple word processor that is more advanced than Notepad. It has facilities to format and print text, but lacks intermediate features such as a spell checker and thesaurus.Windows 95Private Character EditorUtility to create private use characters as defined under Unicode and various East Asian encoding schemes.Remote Desktop ConnectionA client implementation of the Remote Desktop Protocol; allows a user to securely connect to a computer running Terminal Services (Remote Desktop on Windows XP and Server 2003) and interact with a full desktop environment on that machine, including support for remoting of printers, audio, and drives.Windows XP, downloadable for previous Windows versionsRemote AssistanceAllows a user to temporarily take over a remote computer over a network or the internet to offer help with and resolve issues.Windows XPInternet ExplorerA graphical web browser and FTP client.See also: Features, History, Criticism, Removal, Browser Helper ObjectsMicrosoft Plus! for Windows 95Windows MailAn and news client.Windows Vista, Outlook Express was introduced in Windows 98Windows Fax and ScanAn integrated faxing and image scanning application.Windows Vista, older faxing and scanning applications were present in previous Windows versionsWindows Media PlayerA digital media player and media library application that is used for playing audio, playing video and viewing images. In addition to being a media player, Windows Media Player includes the ability to rip music from, and copy music to compact discs, synchronize content with a digital audio player (MP3 player) or other mobile devices, and let users purchase or rent music from a number of online music stores.Windows Me, downloadable for previous Windows versions
108Windows Photo Gallery Windows Movie Maker Windows DVD Maker A photo management application. Lets users organize their digital photo collection in its Gallery view, by adding titles, rating, captions, and custom metadata tags to photos. Photos can be edited for exposure, color correction, resizing, cropping, red-eye reduction, etc. and also allows printing photos via the Photo Printing Wizard.Windows VistaWindows Movie MakerA video editing software that is intended for use in editing home movies. Source footage can be split into clips, and the final movie created by combining multiple clips along with effects such as transitions, titles/credits, separate audio track, timeline narration etc.Windows MeWindows DVD MakerA DVD movie encoding and authoring software.Windows Media CenterDesigned to serve as a home-entertainment hub, to be viewed from a distance up to 3 meters (~10 feet) and controlled by specially designed remote controls. Lets users browse and view pictures, videos, and music from local hard drives, optical drives, and network locations, along with viewing, recording and deferred-playing live TV. Features an interactive TV guide with scheduled recording capabilites. Can also be used for visualization of other information (like sports scores) within the interface.Windows XP Media Center EditionWindows Meeting SpaceA peer-to-peer collaboration program which lets multiple users start collaboration sessions. Supports desktop sharing , distribution and collaborative editing of documents, and passing notes to other participants.Windows Task ManagerProvides information about computer performance and displays details about running applications, processes, network activity, logged-in users, and system services.Windows 3.0Disk CleanupA utility for compacting rarely used files and removing files that are no longer required.Windows 98Shadow CopyA graphical front end for the Shadow Copy service that lets users choose from multiple versions of a file. The shadow copy service creates multiple copies of a file as they are changed over time, so that users can revert to previous versions.Windows Vista. Windows Server 2003 included Previous Versions support only for client computers.Snipping ToolA screen-capture tool that allows for taking screen shots (called snips).Experience Pack for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
109Windows Server components DescriptionSupported byWindows Server domainA logical group of computers that share a central directory and user database.All Windows NT-based versionsActive DirectoryA set of technologies introduced with Windows 2000 that allows administrators to assign enterprise-wide policies, deploy programs to many computers, and apply critical updates to an entire organization. Active Directory stores information and settings relating to an organization in a central, organized, accessible database. Networks can vary from a small installation with a few objects, to global-scale directories with millions of objects. Related topics: Active Directory Service Interfaces, Flexible single master operation, IntelliMirror, Active Directory Application ModeWindows 2000, Windows Server 2003Domain controllerA server that responds to security authentication requests (logging in, checking permissions, etc.) within a Windows Server domain. Prior to Windows 2000, a domain controller was either a Primary Domain Controller (PDC), of which there could only be one with this role; or a Backup Domain Controller (BDC). In Windows 2000 and later the concept of primary and secondary domain controllers were eliminated, partially to emphasize the multi-master replication technology available in Windows.Group PolicyProvides centralized management of user and computer settings in an Active Directory environment. Group policy can control a target object's registry, NTFS security, audit and security policy, software installation, logon/logoff scripts, folder redirection, and Internet Explorer settings. Policy settings are stored in Group Policy Objects (GPOs), and may be linked to one or more sites, domains or organizational units. Related topics: Administrative TemplatesWindows 2000 and laterInternet Information ServicesWeb serverWindows NT family
110File systems Component Acronym Description Supported by File Allocation TableFAT, FAT12, FAT16The original file systems used with MS-DOS. The standard file systems used with Windows 1.0 through Windows 95.All versionsFAT32Extensions to FAT supporting larger disk sizes. The standard file system for Windows 98 and Me.Windows 95 OSR2, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows VistaNTFSStandard file system of Windows NT; supports security via access control lists, as well as file system journaling and file-system metadata. Windows 2000 added support for reparse points (making NTFS junction points and Single instance storage possible), Hard links, file compression, and Sparse files. Encryption of data is provided by Encrypting File System. Symbolic links and transactioning of file operations via Transactional NTFS are features new to Windows Vista. Windows 95 also supports reading NTFS partitions, over a network.Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista
111ISO 9660ISO 9660 ("CDFS")The predominant file system for CD-ROM and DVD-ROM media. Windows includes support for Joliet extensions and the ISO 9660:1999 standard. ISO 9660:1999 is supported since Windows XP.MS-DOS and Windows 9x via extensions, such as MSCDEX.EXE (Microsoft CDROM Extension), natively in Windows NTUniversal Disk FormatUDFA file system for storing files on optical media. It is an implementation of the ISO/IEC standard (also known as ECMA-167). It is considered to be a replacement of ISO Successive versions of Windows have supported newer versions of UDF.Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows VistaHPFSHigh-Performance File system, used on OS/2 computers. Read and write capability in Windows 95 (where it also listed network computer NTFS-formatted drives as "HPFS", even though it had no direct NTFS capabilities). HPFS write support was dropped in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98, and dropped altogether shortly before the release of Windows 2000.Windows 95 (Read/write), Windows 98, Windows NT (read), 3.1/3.51 (read/write/boot)
112Core components Windows kernel (Windows NT) Ntoskrnl.exe hal.dll AcronymDescriptionWindows kernel (Windows NT)Ntoskrnl.exeThe Windows kernel image. Provides the kernel and executive layers of the kernel architecture, and is responsible for services such as hardware virtualization, process and memory management, etc.hal.dllHALProvides and handles the interaction between software and hardware via the Hardware Abstraction Layer.
113Core processes (Windows NT) System idle processSIPA counter which measures how much idle capacity the CPU has at any given time. The process runs in the background and monitors processing bandwidth, occupied memory and the Windows virtual paging file.Session Manager SubsystemSMSSPerforms several critical boot-time operations, such as the creation of environment variables, starting CSRSS, and performs file-copy operations that were queued up from before the system was booted (pending file rename operations). During system operation, it handles the creation of logon sessions via Winlogon and handles Windows File Protection.Client/Server Runtime SubsystemCSRSSUser-mode side of the Win32 subsystem. Provides the capability for applications to use the Windows API.Local Security Authority Subsystem ServiceLSASSResponsible for enforcing the security policy on the system. Verifies users logging on to the computer and creates security tokens.WinlogonResponsible for handling the secure attention key, loading the user profile on logon, and optionally locking the computer when a screensaver is running. On Windows NT systems prior to Windows Vista, Winlogon is also responsible for loading GINA libraries which are responsible collecting logon credentials from the user.Svchost.exeA generic host process name for services that run from dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). Several Svchost processes are typically present on a Windows machine, each running in a different security context, depending on what privileges the contained services require.Windows on Windows and WOW64WoWAn abstraction layer that allows legacy code to operate on more modern versions of Windows; typically this means running 16-bit Windows applications on 32-bit Windows, and 32-bit applications on 64-bit Windows.Virtual DOS machineNTVDMAllows MS-DOS programs to run on Intel or higher computers when there is already another operating system running and controlling the hardware. Introduced in Windows 2.1; not available in any 64-bit edition of Windows.
114System startup (Windows NT) NTLDR, IA64ldr, WinloadThe boot loader; performs basic system initialization options such as loading the hardware abstraction layer and boot-time device drivers, prior to passing control to the Windows kernel. In versions prior to Vista, NTLDR and IA64ldr also display menus to the user if multiple operating systems are defined in boot.ini, or if F8 is pressed.Recovery ConsoleProvides the means for administrators to perform a limited range of tasks using a command line interface, primarily to aid in recovering from situations where Windows does not boot successfully.ntdetect.comUsed during the boot process to detect basic hardware components that may be required during the boot process.Windows Boot ManagerIn Windows Vista and later operating systems, displays boot menus to the user if multiple operating systems are configured in the system's Boot Configuration Data.
115Graphical subsystem Graphics Device Interface GDI/GDI+ The kernel graphics component for representing graphical objects and transmitting them to output devices such as monitors and printers.Desktop Window ManagerDWMThe compositing manager introduced in Windows Vista that handles compositing and manages special effects on screen objects in a graphical user interface.
116Services Display name Service name Description Introduced Alerter serviceAlerterSends administrative alerts over the network to client computers, administrators and users.Windows NTApplication Layer Gateway serviceALGProvides support for plugins that allow network protocols to pass through Windows Firewall and work behind Internet Connection Sharing.Windows 2000Application ManagementProcesses requests to enumerate, install, and remove applications that are installed on the computer or deployed through an organization’s network.Background Intelligent Transfer ServiceBITSTransfers files between machines using idle network bandwidth. Used by Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services, and Systems Management Server to deliver software updates to clients, as well as by Windows Messenger.Windows XPDistributed Transaction CoordinatorMSDTCAllows transactional components to be configured through COM+ by coordinating transactions that are distributed across multiple computers and/or resource managers, such as databases, message queues, file systems, and other transaction–based resource managers.Windows 2000 and later NT-basedNetwork Location AwarenessNLAManages network configurations and information, and notifies applications of changes.
117NT LM Security Support Provider NTLMSSPUses the NTLM MS-CHAP protocol to encapsulate and negotiate options in order to provide signed and sealed communication. Deprecated now in favor of Kerberos authentication.Windows NTPrint SpoolerSpoolerManages printer devices and moves files into memory for printing.Windows 95, Windows NTSecurity Account ManagerSamSsManages user account security information.Windows NT familyTask SchedulerScheduleLets users setup and schedule automated tasks.Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)STISvcHandles scanner and camera inputs.Windows MeWindows TimeW32TimeSynchronizes the system time with external time servers.Wireless Zero ConfigurationWZCSvcConfigures and manages wireless adaptersWindows XP, Server 2003 onlyMessenger serviceMessengerAllows users to send pop-up messages to other computers over the network.MSRPCRPCSsProvides Remote Procedure Call(RPC) technique via remotely accessible Named Pipes.Volume Shadow Copy ServiceVSSCreate multiple versions of files that change.Windows XP, ability to store persistent snapshots in Windows Server 2003Windows Firewall/Internet Connection SharingSharedAccessWindows XP
118Games Component Description Introduced Chess Titans A version of Chess.Windows VistaFreeCellA version of FreeCell.Win32sHeartsA version of Hearts using Black Lady scoring.Windows for Workgroups 3.11Hold 'EmA version of Texas hold 'em.Windows Ultimate ExtrasInkBallA game employing the use of a stylus or mouse to draw lines to direct balls into holes of corresponding colors.Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005Mahjong TitansA version of Mahjong solitaire.MinesweeperA version of Minesweeper.Windows 3.1Purble PlaceAn educational game for children, teaching pattern recognition, shapes, and colors.SolitaireA version of Klondike Solitaire.Windows 3.0Spider SolitaireA version of Spider Solitaire.Microsoft Plus! 98