User passwords and network permissions Definitions

  • B

    BIOS password

    A BIOS password is a security precaution that requires a computer user to log into the machine's basic input/output system (BIOS) before a computer will boot up.

  • D

    desktop personalization

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

  • K

    key-value pair (KVP)

    A key-value pair (KVP) is a set of two linked data items: a key, which is a unique identifier for some item of data, and the value, which is either the data that is identified or a pointer to the location of that data.

  • kiosk mode (Windows assigned access)

    Kiosk mode is specialized function that allows Microsoft Windows to provide a single application for users signing on as guests or generic authorized users while preventing access to other files, data and functionality of the operating system and computer.

  • M

    message passing interface (MPI)

    The message passing interface (MPI) is a standardized means of exchanging messages between multiple computers running a parallel program across distributed memory.

  • 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.

  • P

    prefetch folder (PF)

    A Windows prefetch folder is a specific location within Windows XP and later computers that contains a series of small files detailing the startup activities and frequently-used applications.

  • S

    strong password

    A strong password is one that is designed to be hard for a person or program to discover.

  • W

    Windows reboot loop

    A reboot loop (or boot loop) occurs when a Windows device unexpectedly restarts at some point during its otherwise normal startup process.

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