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  • WinDirStat (Windows Directory Statistics) - WinDirStat (Windows Directory Statistics) is a free, open-source disk usage analyzer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows.
  • Windows 1.0 - Windows 1.0 was the first of Microsoft’s GUI-based operating systems, released in 1985.
  • Windows 10 (Microsoft Windows 10) - Windows 10 is a Microsoft operating system for personal computers, tablets, embedded devices and internet of things devices.
  • Windows 10 Update Assistant - Windows 10 Update Assistant is a native update management tool designed to help individual users keep up with OS updates as Microsoft publishes them.
  • Windows 2.0 - Windows 2.0 was the 2nd version of Microsoft’s GUI-based operating system, released in 1987.
  • Windows 2000 - Windows 2000 (W2K) is a commercial version of Microsoft's evolving Windows operating system.
  • Windows 3.0 - Windows 3.0 was the 3rd version of Microsoft’s GUI-based operating system, released in 1990.
  • Windows 3.1 - Windows 3.1 was the 4th version of Microsoft’s GUI-based operating system, released in 1993.
  • Windows 7 - Windows 7 is the Microsoft Windows operating system (OS) released commercially in October 2009 as the successor to Windows Vista.
  • Windows 8 - Windows 8 is a personal computer operating system that is part of the Windows NT family.
  • Windows 95 - Windows 95 was the 5th version of Microsoft’s GUI operating system, released in 1995.
  • Windows as a service - Windows as a service is the approach Microsoft introduced with Windows 10 to deploy, update and service the operating system.
  • Windows Azure Backup - Windows Azure Backup is a tool that automatically sends backups to Windows Azure.
  • Windows containers - Windows containers are abstracted, isolated and portable operating environments supported by the Microsoft Windows Server 2016 operating system and managed with tools such as Docker and PowerShell.
  • Windows Deployment Services (WDS) - Windows Deployment Services is a server role that gives admins the ability to deploy Windows operating systems remotely.
  • Windows Domain Join - Windows Domain Join is a feature that lets users establish a remote and secure connection to a work domain using credentials from the enterprise, allowing them to effectively "join" that domain.
  • Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) - Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is a program that investigates Windows -based computers to be sure that their copy of the Windows operating system (OS) is legitimate.
  • Windows key (Winkey) - The Windows key (Winkey) is a relatively new keyboard key sporting a specially-designed Microsoft Windows logo.
  • Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC) - The Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC) is a software utility intended to help IT staffers retrieve information contained within the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) architecture of almost any Microsoft operating system, starting with Windows XP.
  • Windows Process Activation Service (WPAS) - Windows Process Activation Service (WAS) is a tool for managing worker processes that contain applications that host Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services.
  • Windows Remote Desktop - Windows Remote Desktop is a program that allows the user to connect to a computer in another location and interact with it as if it were local.
  • Windows Remote Management (WinRM) - Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is a feature of Windows Vista that allows administrators to remotely run management scripts.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 - Windows Server 2008 R2 is a server operating system developed by Microsoft, which builds on the enhancements built into Windows Server 2008.
  • Windows Server 8 - Windows Server 8 is Microsoft’s next-generation server operating system scheduled for a 2012 release date.
  • Windows Server Core - Windows Server Core is a minimal installation option for the Windows Server operating system (OS) that has no GUI and only includes the components required to perform server roles and run applications.
  • Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) - Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) is a feature of the Windows Server platform for improving the high availability (HA) of applications and services.
  • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) - Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), also called Windows Update Services (WUS), is a free add-on for managing patches and updates to the Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2000, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems.
  • Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) - Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) is a portal-based platform for creating, managing and sharing documents and customized Web services.
  • Windows Store - Windows Store is the online marketplace for Windows 8 and Windows RT users to purchase and download apps.
  • Windows Sysinternals - Windows Sysinternals is a suite of more than 70 freeware utilities that was initially developed by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell that is used to monitor, manage and troubleshoot the Windows operating system, and which Microsoft now owns and hosts on its TechNet site.
  • Windows Thin PC - Windows Thin PC (WinTPC)  is a stripped down version of Windows 7 for legacy PCs that do not have the resources to support a full version of Windows 7.
  • Windows To Go - Windows To Go is a feature of the Windows 8 Enterprise operating system that allows it to be copied to a portable USB storage device.
  • Windows XP - Windows XP is a version of the Windows desktop operating system for the PC.
  • WinPE (Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment) - WinPE, also called the Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment, is a simplified operating system based on a version of the Windows kernel.
  • WinRT - WinRT is the Windows Runtime library that provides system services for Metro apps.
  • Work Folders (Windows Server 2012 R2) - Work Folders is a feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 that allows Windows users to store and access work files on personal PCs and Windows devices as well as corporate PCs.
  • X - X is a shortened name for the X Window System.
  • XP key changer - XP key changer is a way to update the product activation code, also known as a product key, for the Windows XP Professional operating system.

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