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    Your PC doesn't immediately launch into Windows when you first turn it on; first it must run a more rudimentary bit of code called the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). The BIOS code is stored on a chip on your motherboard, so it's more precisely described as firmware. The BIOS works by identifying all of your computer's components and letting Windows know how to work with them.

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