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Windows® Operating System

What is Windows®?

Windows® is the standard operating system that was created by Microsoft in the 1980's.  This is the operating system that comes pre-installed on most most pc's and laptops today.  Windows® is a graphical user interface that makes navigating the files and applications on your computer easy.  First sold as an add-on product to the MS-Dos product, it has evolved and become more user friendly with each release:  Windows® 3.1, Windows® 95, Windows® 98, Windows® ME, Windows® 2000, Windows® XP, and now Windows Vista®.

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Can I download Windows®? 

No.  However, you can download Microsoft updates by going to http://www.microsoft.com/download.  Note that most computers are set up to automatically download updates.

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How do I use Windows®?

There are multiple versions of Windows® being used on Clemson's campus. Listed below are tutorials and help documentation for the two most recent releases Windows® XP and Windows Vista®.

Windows® XP

Windows Vista®

Windows® XP Tablet

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Frequently Asked Questions

Review the Frequently Asked Questions about Windows® XP or the Microsoft Help and Support Windows® XP Frequently Asked Questions or the Windows® XP Newsgroups or the Windows® XP Solution Center for answers to some of the more frequently asked questions regarding Windows® XP.

Review the Windows Vista® Solution Center or the Microsoft Answers for Window Vista® answer forums for answers to some of the more frequently asked questions regarding Windows Vista®.

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System requirements

Review the Windows Vista® System Requirements or the Windows® XP System Requirements to ensure that your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements.

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Additional resources for Windows Vista® and XP


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Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.