Computer Basics: Understanding Operating Systems

Did you know that you and your computer speak
different languages? It doesn’t speak Spanish, or Swedish, or Chinese; it speaks in ones
and zeroes. You can’t communicate directly with your computer; that’s where your operating
system comes in. The operating system is the program that lets you interact with your
computer. Together, the operating system and computer hardware form a complete system that
determines what your computer can do. There are many different operating systems. Two
of the most common ones are Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Windows comes preloaded on most
personal computers; Mac OS X runs on all new Macs. Operating Systems aren’t just for
computers and laptops, though. Mobile devices run mobile operating systems like Apple iOS
or Google Android. Operating systems for mobile devices are designed for interactions with
smaller touch-screens. Before downloading new software, or applications, to your computer
or mobile device, you should check to see if the application is compatible with your
operating system. Some applications work on all operating systems, but others only work
on certain ones. So, get to know your operating system to see how it works and what it can

70 comments on “Computer Basics: Understanding Operating Systems”

  1. Krishna Chaitanya says:

    Yeah it'sreally Helpful to the learners…..

  2. سنايبر_ فلسطين says:

    i need you make more tutrials like this and one of your tutrials fan seeing them all

  3. Vaishnavi Rao says:

    good video …..

  4. Vijaykumar Surla says:

    brilliant explanation..

  5. Clara Gomez says:

    i love this video.

  6. lodrick says:

    Its so good but try to improve so as to encourage number of people

  7. Zia Taufeer says:

    Nice presentation i like that……..

  8. says:

    Many of our users are beginner technology users and as such, probably wouldn't use Linux or FreeBSD. I hope you find tutorials here on YouTube to answer your questions about these operating systems.

  9. Juancarlosinc1995 says:

    thanks like this video i'm going to share it to my class, to help my presentation.

    thanks a lot XD

  10. Je Endrina says:

    nah only you hhaa

  11. QuantPhilosopher89 says:

    totally agree, this completely lacks content.

  12. 301Views says:

    WTF Android is on iphone?!?!!?!?/!

  13. gamernomad3 says:


  14. Timothy Raquet says:

    Am I the only one the noticed the computer output 42?

  15. SafSaf says:

    I guess it was to be a Samsung phone……

  16. weareinfinite says:

    This is just perfect! Is it alright if I can use this video for a project? I'll be sure to give you credit.

  17. Donny Normore says:

    thank you the video was g

  18. Donny Normore says:

    thank yo video was grate it help me out

  19. Benjamin Alejandro says:

    0:26 it's japanese -.-

  20. Lynn Borbe says:

    Thanks for uploading these videos, I have a test tomorrow on computer basics.

  21. Gaiya's diaries says:

    very nice

  22. Young Compiler says:

    It's a bit wrong. An Operative System is mostly a set of instruction to the computer, this OS also lets the user interact with the computer due to developers who simplified the use and instead of talking to our computer like robots and input information like: "Print(2 + 2)" we get to just select those values and thanks to Xerox who came with the GUI (Not Apple) computers are so easy to use, understand and have fun.

  23. Gevindu Pushpakumara says:


  24. roderick peoples says:


  25. oussama benounnas says:

    where is linux :3 and unix

  26. combatarmsvicio says:

    that voice is sexy !

  27. Luis Abaya says:

    Want to program someday!

  28. MegaChickenfish says:

    Very well presented and easy to understand. I'm hoping some of this helps me have the background info I need before starting IT courses. 

  29. Victoria MM says:

    Thanks for the video!My exam was incredible and help me a lot 🙂

  30. ARN CUEVA Jr says:

    This video is very WOw, helpful.. My oral report will be fantastic and I'm sure that my professor will be enjoy the discussion, and my classmates as well.

  31. amistroke says:

    My computer is to date.

  32. Zackary Gomez says:

    I'm currently taking Computer Usage & Applications class. I am being taught about Windows 8 but I do not have windows 8 on my mac. Should I drop the class?

  33. Israel Rodriguez says:

    What is the name of the background music?! it's so beautiful!

  34. Elvina Asante says:

    wow this is interesting

  35. Beautiful Quran Recitation less than 5 minutes says:

    number your sessions please

  36. RedFlaggWaving says:

    Some people after seeing this video are going to think all iPhones run Android now

  37. Ghu Gh says:


  38. Fatima says:

    Our ICT teacher showed us this vid, and we have a test tmw about OS 🙈

  39. Mizan Cole says:

    Song is lowkey lit

  40. William Devaney ( Student ) says:


  41. Mrs Bailey says:


  42. Rashmi Tiwari says:

    very nice

  43. Dr Michalis says:

    Linux is a common OS!?

  44. J. N Sharma says:

    Name the os discussed in video

  45. J. N Sharma says:

    Can all applications work on all os yes /no

  46. Priyanshu Kumar says:


  47. Number13bot says:


  48. Evan's Memescape says:

    I like windows xp for the memes

  49. Marissa Crosby says:

    I noticed that the 101010 means 42, or the meaning of life. nice touch

  50. faiz mohammed says:


  51. Sebastian Barrios Modesto says:

    me chore de la risa

  52. Mustafa Kursun says:

    Why do people forget to mention Linux?

  53. Janhavi Nayak says:


  54. Manav Rathod says:

    Which software do you use to make such animations?

  55. Pokemon Taknology says:

    Name of the OS discussed in the video

  56. Pokemon Taknology says:

    Can all applications work on all operating system yes/no

  57. Meep Crux says:

    when you need to hit that essay word limit

  58. starrdustzz says:

    I have to watch this video and do homework on it for my computers class rip heheheheh

  59. Muhamedsabik Muhamedsabik says:

    super member

  60. M L says:

    يسطا ارجوك كفاية

  61. priti kumari says:

    Very bad video

  62. Navneet Shandilya says:

    I am a dav ,khabra student

  63. Ice RainBLX says:

    I just came bc my teacher told us to watch this video

  64. Edder Ventura says:

    taco bell tacos

  65. Hello World says:

    i still don't understand what is Operating Systems

  66. [1D28] 廖柏陽 LIU PAK YEUNG says:

    just a RUBBISH.

  67. Pierce Cunningham says:

    This really reminds me of McDonald

  68. Donna Mae Callos says:

    The voice over sounds like the girl introducing Sakaar to Thor in Thor Ragnarok. 🤔😅

  69. Lucas Playz says:

    i learned nothing

  70. Fahad says:

    I have a exam tomorrow of this stuff!!!

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