Wow! I had so many printers and I didn’t know?

A computer with no printers installed
Contents of “Printers and Faxes“ in Control Panel of a Windows XP computer which has no printers installed.

Technical terms sometimes have no relation whatsoever with their literal meaning. For instance:

  • Printer: In Microsoft Windows the term “printer” hardly ever refers to the hardware device which users know as printer. Open the “Printers and Faxes” section of Windows Control Panel of any Windows XP laptop of your choice which has never been connected to a printer. 50% of times, you see quite a lot of “printers” installed. Microsoft made good choice to rename this section in Windows 7.
  • System volume and boot volume: You’ll be surprised to know that by definition boot volume refers to a volume (= a hard disk partition) in a Microsoft Windows computer on which a copy of Microsoft Windows is installed, while system volume refers to a volume on which necessary files to boot the computer exist. THAT RIGHT! There is no mistake in what you read: If you install Microsoft Windows on a different volume than C:, so that boot volume and system volume are separate volumes, you’ll be surprised to realized that boot volume is the volume on which boot files DO NOT reside, while system volume is the volume on which system root (=Windows folder) DOES NOT reside; boot files reside on system volume and system root resides on boot volume. I wonder why…
  • System root: In Microsoft Windows terminology, system root is the folder in which Microsoft Windows is installed. This folder is usually C:\Windows. Now system root is not a root at all; its a sub-node of the root of the drive. One might ask if it is not root, then why it is called system root. Note that in Microsoft Windows, you can type %systemroot% in the address bar of your Explore window and press ENTER to navigate to your Windows folder.
  • Antivirus: An antivirus is a software application that no only aims to find and destroy computer viruses but also aims to find and destroy all types of malicious codes (= malware) such as spyware, adware, rootkits, computer worms, computer Trojan horses, etc. This might not be surprising, since nowadays, the term “virus” is used in a manner that means “virus and such malicious things”. In another word, today, “virus” is a synecdoche for “malware”.
  • Antimalware: Now, antimalware is the opposite of antivirus. Normally, you’d expect that antimalware find and destroy all types of malware; but in reality, antimalware applications are products that only find a limited handful of malware types. Knowing this, you’ll find out that Microsoft has always been smart but honest in choosing names for its products: OneCare and Microsoft Security Essentials neither assert being antivirus in their title nor assert being antimalware; yet they strive to find destroy all types of malicious software.

Posted on 30 July 2010, in Windows Administration. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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