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Unformatted text preview: booting the computer. The term boot comes from the idea of pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps, which is essentially what a computer does when it is turned on. A computer could have two or more operating systems from which the user chooses when the computer is turned on. This configuration is often called a dual-boot or multi-boot system. Note that only one operating system is in control of the computer at any given time. Youve likely used one operating system or another before. The various versions of Microsoft Windows (Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows ME) are popularly used for personal computers. The different versions of these operating systems represent the evolving soft-ware over time as well as differences in the way services are provided and managed. The Mac OS is the operating system of choice for computers...
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