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A Glossary of Windows Terms – “H”

written by: Joli Ballew•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 12/31/2008

Windows terms that start with the letter “H” and are used often in the Bright Hub Windows channel.

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    Hacker – a person who tries to break into another person’s computer or network.

    Hard disk – the storage device inside a computer tower or laptop where data is permanently stored (or at least until it is deleted and written over).

    Hardware – a generic term for devices you purchase and connect to a PC such as digital cameras, printers, scanners, and the like.

    Hardware Driver – software that allows a hardware device and the PC to communicate.

    Hardware Profile – in Windows XP, a specific profile created by a user to tell Windows what hardware options to enable when Windows is booted. Users may have profiles for docked and undocked laptops, for instance.

    High Definition Multi-Media Interface (HDMI) – the digital interface used to transmit high definition audio and video using a single cable.

    History – a person’s web “footprint”, in Windows, History is a list of web sites a user has visited.

    Home Page – a page that opens automatically when a web browser is opened. A Home page can also be the first page a user sees when accessing a web page in a domain.

    Home Server – an offering from Microsoft for home users that allows them to set up a personal server for storing and backing up data on their local network.

    Host – a computer on a network that offers services or resources to other computers on the network. The term is often used to denote a computer being remotely accessed by another off-site.

    Hotspot – a location where free wireless access to the Internet is available. Often these locations are in coffee shops, airports, and libraries.

    Hub – a small network device that joins computers together for the purpose of sharing data among them. Of hubs, switches, routers, and gateways, hubs are the least sophisticated.

    Hyperlink – a word, phrase, or image you can click in a web page to move to another area of the web site or another web site.

    Hypertext Markup Language – the language used on the Internet to create web pages.

    Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) – the protocol for moving HTML files across the Internet.