Windows is a GOOEY (Graphical User Interface) based operating system, and is one of the most popular operating systems ever invented. As such, Windows provides the most effective and productive way to access, work, and play with your computer. Although there is a variety of other different operating systems available to download and install for free, Windows is simply the easiest to use. Windows is for any person that does not have the time or motivation to learn complex text based operating systems as as Linux or Lindows.
A typical home PC user can get started by installing a fresh copy of Windows XP within only a few hours; a text based operating system (or one that does not have a GOOEY installed by default, such as Linux or Unix), requires a much higher degree of programming and PC knowledge and can be quite intimidating for the average home PC user.
The one main advantage to running Windows is the ease of use. Windows makes it simple to operate a computer system even if you have know prior knowledge of how a computer works. Windows makes it simple to connect to the Internet to stay in touch with family and friends as well as simplifies the process of running a home or small business. Windows is also used in a wide variety of business settings locally and around the world.
Listed below are some additional advantages to using Windows:
- Windows controls how your computer operates. It has a large number of components that run silently in the background with each in charge of a different aspect of the computer. You can focus on your own work and let Windows run the computer for you.
- Windows acts as the primary facilitator when installing and communicating with new hardware devices. It facilitates how the hardware works, and can configure and troubleshoot problematic components from a Windows operating system.
- Windows makes it simple to connect to the Internet and local area networks through its internal networking components. You can easily share files and folders over a network via the Homegroup function, and you can connect to broadband or dialup Internet service providers to use Internet functions.
- Windows facilitates the process of organizing and playback of digital media files including MP3 audio files and Digital Video Disc (DVD) movies. You can use Windows Media Player (a built in music and video player to organize, categorize, and playback your music files and videos).
So even though all you see on your screen when Windows boots up is a green start menu and a grey bar at the bottom of your screen (Windows XP only), loaded with tiny little icons, there is actually a lot more going on within the Windows operating system then what you see.
This page is just an introduction outlining the main responsibilities of the Windows system. There is actually more going on “under-the-hood” of a Windows operating system that you cannot see, but understanding the basic responsibilities of a Windows system is your first step to understanding how to complete other, more complex tasks.