Microsoft Windows hardware, including laptop and notebook reviews Definitions

  • C

    CONFIG.SYS

    CONFIG.SYS is a text file containing DOS (Disk Operating System) commands that tell the operating system how the computer is initially set up.

  • D

    desktop computer

    A desktop computer is a personal computer that is designed to fit conveniently on top of a typical office desk.

  • desktop gadget

    A desktop gadget is a software widget, or a small application, that is designed to sit on a user's desktop screen in much the same way that apps reside on smartphones and tablets.

  • desktop management

    Desktop management is a comprehensive approach to managing all the computers within an organization. Despite its name, desktop management includes overseeing laptops and other computing devices as well as desktop computers. Desktop management is a component of systems management, which is the administration of all components of an organization's information systems.

  • desktop theme

    A desktop theme is a customized graphical user interface (GUI) that replaces a computer's ordinary sounds, icons, pointer, wallpaper or screensaver with something designed to reflect the interests of the user.

  • disk analyzer

    A disk analyzer is a piece of software that checks drives for space and usage and explores files and folders visually, simplifying file cleanup and optimization.

  • E

    external drive enclosure (disk enclosure, disk caddy, drive caddy)

    An external drive enclosure is a metal or plastic casing that holds and powers a disk drive.

  • P

    physical computer

    A physical computer is a hardware-based device, such as a personal computer. The term is generally used to differentiate hardware-based computers from software-based virtual machines... (Continued)

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