Microsoft Windows 7 operating system Definitions

  • C

    client-side extension (CSE)

    A client-side extension (CSE) is an integral component of enterprise group policy administration that applies Group Policy to users or endpoint systems.

  • context menu (right-click menu)

    A context menu is a pop-up menu that provides shortcuts for things the software developer anticipates the user might want to do.  

  • D

    desktop personalization

    Desktop personalization is the process of adjusting the look, feel and organization of a Windows end-user experience.

  • M

    Microsoft USMT (User State Migration Tool)

    The Microsoft User State Migration Tool (USMT) is a command-line utility used to transfer user files and settings between computers.

  • Microsoft Windows 8 Modern

    Microsoft Windows 8 Modern (formerly called Metro) is the Microsoft user interface initially released with the Windows 8 operating system.

  • Microsoft Windows BranchCache

    Microsoft BranchCache is a technology intended to cache central data to remote or branch offices in order to reduce network traffic and optimize WAN utilization.

  • S

    Sysprep (System Preparation Tool)

    Sysprep is Microsoft's System Preparation tool intended to duplicate, test and deliver new installations for the Windows operating system based on an established installation.

  • W

    Windows Imaging Format (WIM)

    The Windows Imaging Format (or WIM) is used for the creation and distribution of disk image files.

  • Windows key (Winkey)

    The Windows key (Winkey) is a relatively new keyboard key sporting a specially-designed Microsoft Windows logo.

  • Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC)

    The Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC) is a software utility intended to help IT staffers retrieve information contained within the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) architecture of almost any Microsoft operating system, starting with Windows XP. A WMIC can also apply basic control of some system functions.

  • Windows Registry Editor (regedit)

    Windows Registry Editor is an operating system tool IT administrators can use to make changes to Windows Registry.

  • WinPE (Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment)

    WinPE, also called the Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment, is a simplified operating system based on a version of the Windows kernel. 

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