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    User Account Control (UAC) was a feature first introduced by Microsoft in Windows Vista.

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    Microsoft offers an update feature in Windows that will automatically apply any security and other important updates for Microsoft software and third-party drivers to your PC, provided it's connected to the internet.

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    Windows 7 offers a number of mini-programs known as Gadgets that allow easy access to tools or information you use on a frequent basis.

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    One of the little-known time-saving features of Mac OS X is services—hidden, single-feature commands that you can access from a special Services menu, or, sometimes, from a contextual menu. These features are generally provided by applications—built-in OS X applications or third-party programs—and let you quickly preform actions that usually require launching additional programs and taking many steps. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about how to find, use, and manage services.

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