How Computer Operating Systems Work

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If you are new to the world of computers you may not fully understand how computer operating systems work. An operating system is a software that is in control of the operation of a computer. This means that the operating system controls the processing of computer programs. It also keeps track of the files on the computer system and directs the input and output of data.

Today every new computer that is brought home from a store has an operating system installed. In the past users had to install their own operating system using discs. The process was lengthy and complicated. Thanks to technology we no longer have to go through this time consuming and frustrating process.

Operating systems perform many functions. They keep track of where your files are stored and manages the activity of each component in your computer. One of the most important things that an operating system does is allow you to interact with the computer. This is when you type commands on a keyboard or use a graphical user interface.

Essentially operating systems transfer your commands into binary code. Binary code is the language of computers.

In previous times people needed floppy discs in order to use certain computer programs. This is no longer a requirement as the operating system is directly on the hard drive of a computer. Programs are now stored on the computer. They are accessible with a few clicks whenever you need to use them.

As technology is constantly evolving there will be new developments on operating systems in the future. They will become easier to use and able to perform many more tasks. Due to technological advances in computing soon we will be seeing more sophisticated operating systems on hand held devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and game consoles.

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