Computer Tips from the ‘Mouse’ – Operating System

Computer Clip ArtA pilot, Wayne Gretzky, Bill Gates, the Pope, and a pizza delivery man were all in a plane together traveling through stormy conditions. Suddenly, the pilot ran back to the passengers and announced that lightning had hit the plane, and they were going to crash in a matter of minutes. “There are only enough parachutes for four of the five of us,” he announced. “Since I’m the pilot, I get one!” After saying this, the pilot grabbed a parachute and jumped out of the plane.  “I’m the world’s greatest athlete,” proclaimed Wayne Gretzky. “This world needs great athletes, so I must live.” Wayne Gretzky then grabbed a parachute and leaped out of the plane. “I’m the smartest man in the world,” bragged Bill Gates. “The world needs smart men, so I must also live!” Bill Gates grabbed a parachute and jumped out of the plane.
At this point, the Pope began to speak to the Pizza delivery boy. “I have lived a long life compared to you, and you may take the last parachute. I will go down with the plane.”  “You don’t have to do that, replied the pizza delivery guy. Bill Gates just jumped out with my backpack!”

The Windows Operating System (OS) was created in 1983 by Microsoft it was the first Graphic User Interface developed for IBM and IBM Compatible computers.  The Windows Operating System has a long line of OS Windows 3.X, NT, OS/2, ’95, ’98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, and today Windows 7.  Not to exclude a long line of server OS’s. There are two parts to your computer hardware and software.  The Operating System (OS) is software.  It is a software program designed to run other software programs and hardware connected to your computer. It is the most important type of system software without out it you could not run any programs or hardware devices on your computer.  It is important to know what your OS is and what comes with it.

There are various ways to find out what your operating system is. The first way is to find the Microsoft License Key affixed to your computer. At the top it will state Windows XP Media Center, Home, Professional, etc.  The label for your Operating System will look like, or similar to one of these:


The best way is looking at what is actually on your computer; click on the start button at the bottom left hand side of your monitor; depending on what version Windows you have look for My Computer (Windows XP) or Computer (Vista and Windows 7) you can do the same thing if those icons are on your desktop, right mouse button click on it and a menu will appear, click on properties at the bottom of the menu, a window will open and you can read the type of OS you have and some other information pertaining to your computer.  Typically Central Processing Unit (CPU) Memory Random Access Memory (R.A.M.) The manufacture and support information.  Depending on what OS you might see it will state 32 bit or 64 bit operating system.

With this added knowledge you should be able to distinguish Microsoft Windows Operating System (OS) from a back pack.

I hope to accomplish that you know you are smarter than your computer, that the computer is a tool, and you are the master of that tool.  If you have any questions you would like answered in this column please send them to

Until next month, safe computing. “PC’S 4 U where quality and client satisfaction are priority!”

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