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Windows 7 Glossary: P

paging volume: The Windows system uses a paging volume to expand the RAM and increase performance.

parental controls: Let you dictate what a person can and can’t do on the Internet.

partition: A drive partition is a way that Windows virtually separates parts of a drive.

password reset disk: A disk that records your authority to access your user account — if you forget your password, you can use this disk to access the system.

Pearl: The primary options button on the far left in the Scenic Ribbon.

peripheral: A device, such as a CD-ROM drive or printer, that is not part of the console. Peripheral devices can be external — such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, monitor, or scanner — or internal, such as a CD-ROM drive, CD-R drive, or internal modem.

phishing: The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information.

Photo Gallery: Windows 7's redesigned photo handling tool, which is now a part of the Windows Live Essentials pack.

playlist: A group of songs with a particular theme, often created using Windows Media Player.

Plug and Play: A technology that Windows uses to automate hardware installation.

plug-in: A software module that adds a specific feature or service so that you can view a Web site.

pop-up window: A window that suddenly appears (pops up) when you select an option with a mouse or press a special function key in Internet Explorer.

port exception: A type of firewall exception that gives the program in question complete access to your system.

power management: A feature of the operating system that slows or shuts down your computer after a period of inactivity to save power and extend the PC’s life.

print queue: The lineup of documents waiting to be output by your printer.

Problem Steps Recorder (PSR): A tool that enables you to record exactly what your computer is doing so that you can show whoever you’ve asked for help.

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