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Question 1.
Which type of operating system is used by most newer personal computers?


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Question 2.
Which of the following statements is NOT true regarding Linux?


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Question 3.
A(n) __________ is a program that helps coordinate all print jobs currently being sent to the printer.


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Question 4.
All of the following are system maintenance utilities EXCEPT __________.


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Question 5.
Which of the following is the temporary storage area for instructions and data the processor needs?


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Question 6.
In Windows, a file's extension is useful for identifying __________.


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Question 7.
The purpose of the Recycle Bin is to __________.


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Question 8.
Which system utility scans your hard drive to remove unnecessary files and calculates the amount of hard drive space that would be freed by doing so?


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Question 9.
In Windows, what is Safe mode?


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Question 10.
All of the following are advantages of an application programming interface (API) EXCEPT __________.


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Question 11.
A new feature in Windows Vista that allows you to preview the contents of a specific file or folder without actually opening the file is called __________.


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Question 12.
An operating system includes blocks of code called __________ that software applications need to interact with the operating system.


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Question 13.
__________ are easy-to-use mini programs that give you quick access to weather information, calendar items, calculators, games, photo albums, and more.


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Question 14.
A file __________ starts with the drive in which the file is located and includes all folders, subfolders (if any), the filename, and extension.


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Question 15.
Linux can be downloaded for free from the Internet.


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Question 16.
The BIOS compares the results of the POST with the various hardware configurations that are permanently stored in CMOS before proceeding with the boot process.


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Question 17.
A file compression utility is a program that takes out redundancies in a file to reduce the file size, making it easier and faster to send or save.


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Question 18.
The Windows operating system will not run on a Mac computer.


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Question 19.
Deleting a program from the Program Files folder on the C drive is the best way to remove a program from the system.


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Question 20.
A device driver is a special program that helps the operating system communicate with various hardware devices.


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Question 21.
UNIX is an example of a multiuser, multitasking operating system used primarily with mainframes.


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Question 22.
Most personal computer operating systems today use a graphical user interface.


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Question 23.
By saving a word processing file as a PDF, you can be sure that anyone can read your file by downloading the Acrobat Reader from the Adobe Web site.


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Question 24.
The kernel is the portion of the operating system that remains in memory during the entire time the computer is on and manages the processor and all other components of the computer system.


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Question 25.
All operating systems use the same file-naming conventions, or rules.


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Question 26.
At the end of the boot process, the verification of your login name and password is called authentication.


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Question 27.
Plug and Play (PnP) is a driver program.


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Question 28.
As the number of files you save increases, you should keep them organized in folders or libraries.


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Question 29.
Match each term with the correct definition.




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A matching question presents 5 answer choices and 5 items. The answer choices are lettered A through E. The items are numbered 29.1 through 29.5. Screen readers will read the answer choices first. Then each item will be presented along with a select menu for choosing an answer choice. Using the pull-down menus, match each item in the left column to the corresponding item in the right column.
A a temporary storage area on the hard drive used by the operating system for data and instructions that have not been used recently
B the first interaction you have with the operating system and the first image you see on your monitor
C pie-shaped wedge that is part of a track, used to record data on a hard disk
D a program that helps coordinate all print jobs currently being sent to the printer
E optimizes RAM by borrowing hard disk space
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Question 30.
Match each term with the correct definition.




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A matching question presents 5 answer choices and 5 items. The answer choices are lettered A through E. The items are numbered 30.1 through 30.5. Screen readers will read the answer choices first. Then each item will be presented along with a select menu for choosing an answer choice. Using the pull-down menus, match each item in the left column to the corresponding item in the right column.
A a special diagnostic mode designed for troubleshooting errors
B loads the operating system into RAM
C the verification of your login name and password at the end of the boot process
D an index of all sector numbers in a table
E a collection of related pieces of information stored together for easy reference
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Question 31.
Match each term with the correct definition.




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A very large computers that handle the requests of hundreds or thousands of users simultaneously
B utilizes graphics and the point-and-click technology of the mouse and cursor, making the operating system much more user friendly.
C an open source operating system
D a multiuser, multitask operating system used primarily with mainframes as a network operating system
E the first commercially available operating system to incorporate a graphical user interface (GUI).
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Question 32.
Put the steps to the boot process in order by matching the step number with the correct action.




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A matching question presents 4 answer choices and 4 items. The answer choices are lettered A through D. The items are numbered 32.1 through 32.4. Screen readers will read the answer choices first. Then each item will be presented along with a select menu for choosing an answer choice. Using the pull-down menus, match each item in the left column to the corresponding item in the right column.
A Configuration and customization settings are checked.
B The basic input/output system (BIOS) is activated by powering on the CPU.
C The BIOS checks that all attached devices are in place (called a power-on self-test, or POST).
D The operating system is loaded into RAM.
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