Enterprise Desktop Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing enterprise desktop and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • W

    Windows as a service

    Windows as a service is the approach Microsoft introduced with Windows 10 to deploy, update and service the operating system.

  • 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 reboot loop

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

  • Windows Registry Editor (regedit)

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

  • Windows Remote Desktop

    Windows Remote Desktop is a program that allows the user to connect to a computer in another location and interact with it as if it were local. (Continued)

  • Windows XP

    Windows XP is a version of the Windows desktop operating system for the PC. Windows XP, which is built on the Windows 2000 kernel, brought a more personalized look to the desktop that made it easier for end users to scan or import images, acquire music files on the Web and transfer them to portable devices. 

  • Wingate

    Wingate is a product that allows people on a small home network or a larger business network to share and control access to the Internet through a single computer connection.

  • 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. 

  • X

    XP key changer

    XP key changer is a way to update the product activation code, also known as a product key, for the Windows XP Professional operating system... (Continued)

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