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2-2 Operating Your Computer
Starting and Stopping the Computer
There are a number of ways to start and stop the computer.
Starting the Computer
You always start the computer using the power button.
A computer starts up with an operating system (OS) existing on the
storage device such as the hard disk; or from a CD if you have the
respective modules installed. The computer will automatically load the
OS after you turn it on. This process is called booting.
NOTE: An operating system is the platform for all your software application programs to
run on. The most widely used operating system today is Microsoft Windows.
Stopping the Computer
When you finish a working session, you can stop the computer by turning
off the power or leaving the computer in Standby or Hibernation mode:
To stop in
Do this… To start up or
Off Follow the shutdown procedure of your
operating system. This can prevent loss of
unsaved data or damage to your software
If the system is locked up because of
hardware or software problems, press the
power button to turn off the computer.
Press the power
Depending on your settings in Windows,
you can place the computer in Standby
• Closing the display cover
• Pressing the power button
Press any key.