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

  • 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, st... 

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

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    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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    Microsoft Windows Explorer is a graphical file management utility included with Microsoft Windows 95 and later; finally renamed File Explorer with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. 

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    Microsoft Windows Task Manager is a component of Microsoft Windows intended to assist administrators or advanced system users in monitoring, managing and troubleshooting a Windows computer system. 

  • Microsoft Windows File Manager

    The Microsoft Windows File Manager is the graphical user interface through which users could see and manipulate files and folders on early-version Windows computers. 

  • 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. 

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About Windows legacy operating systems

For IT shops running Windows operating systems predating Windows XP, this section has tips and expert advice on Windows legacy operating system management for you. Learn how to manage Windows-based desktop machines that run Windows 2000 professional, Windows 98 and Windows NT. Learn how to keep these OSes up to date with patches, and learn how you can secure these legacy desktop operating systems.