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Dumb What kind of Object is 'My PC/This PC' in Windows 8.1?

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  1. Apr 6, 2015 #1

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    Just a dumb question:

    What kind of object is 'My PC' in Windows 8.1 ?
    when one goes to 'file explorer' , it contains a collection of folders. So I thought it is a directory, but
    my friend disagrees with me. Who's right?
     
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  3. Apr 6, 2015 #2

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    Is it not the same thing as "My Computer"? If so, it's the collection of all drives on your computer, which would contain all folders and all files.


    You did not say what your friend thinks it is, so we cannot possibly claim he is right or wrong.

    BTW, 'folders' and 'directories' are synonymous.

    Since you are looking at a collection of folders/directories, one could say you are certainly looking at a directory.
     
  4. Apr 6, 2015 #3

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    Well, but 'MyPC' does not contain all the folders in the computer. AFAIK, a directory is a collection of folders.
     
  5. Apr 6, 2015 #4

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    How do you know? :smile:

    A directory/folder is a container for files and/or directories/folders.

    Directory is a PC term. Folder is simply a user-friendlier Mac synonym of the same entity.
     
  6. Apr 6, 2015 #5

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    I know because when I go to 'File Explorer' there is a graphical description of the file/folder structure. There are folders (literally) below 'MyPC' , which indicates these folders are contained in my PC , and there are other folders not directly below 'My PC' , showing these are not subfolders of it. For example, 'Desktop' is not contained or is a part of 'My PC'.
    But you're right, the term 'folders' is equivalent to 'directories'.
     
  7. Apr 6, 2015 #6

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    'Desktop' is a shortcut to a folder (users/documents/<yourusername/desktop> or somesuch) on your PC. Likely, others are 'Printers', and other such commonly-used locations.

    It's a directory/folder structure that's been horribly bloated, corrupted and spaghettified with non-folder/directory functionality via the feature-creepy-bloatware style of MS.
     
  8. Apr 6, 2015 #7

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    I don't know enough about computers to pass a judgment; my biggest beef is the constant change of interface. Would gates like to have his car changed so that the steering wheel is in the roof, the pedal is on the left door, etc? The structure of the car may change, but the 'interface' does not have to.
     
  9. Apr 7, 2015 #8

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    Amen, brudduh, amen.
     
  10. Apr 7, 2015 #9

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    Yeah, I think so... it's just called "This PC".

    Looks something like this?

    This PC(1).JPG
    Or this?

    This PC(2).JPG
     
  11. Apr 7, 2015 #10

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  12. Apr 10, 2015 #11

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    Furthermore, in Windows, a file and a directory are both files, with the difference being that a directory has the directory bit (FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DIRECTORY) set in its attributes.
     
  13. Apr 10, 2015 #12

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    I just checked, and 'My PC' is not a directory: I used CLI , with the command CD My Computer, and the reply I got was that the path could not be found.
     
  14. Apr 10, 2015 #13

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    Well, OK. Sure. It's not literally a directory type of object. I thought you meant what is it functionally.

    Apologies. I misunderstood.
     
  15. Apr 10, 2015 #14

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    No problem, DaveC, sorry myself for my useless nitpick, I am plenty confused about windows.. Just trying to figure things out myself --just give me a pepsi, all I want is a pepsi....
     
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  16. Apr 10, 2015 #15

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    I no doubt have a misunderstanding also, but it really is called... "This PC."

    Desktop(1).JPG


    If you can stand to do a bunch of reading, this seems to be a good site... it's my "go to" anyway.

    https://www.winhelp.us/
    https://www.winhelp.us/sitemap.html [Broken]

    Of course, you did do a Google search? :oldbiggrin:

    https://www.google.com/#q=what+is+this+pc+in+windows+8.1
     
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  17. Apr 11, 2015 #16

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    Thanks, OCR, all. Problem with google searches is that, unless you know the topic well-enough, it is difficult to filter out the garbage.
     
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  18. Apr 11, 2015 #17

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    Ah, OK... maybe not.

    If you click the "Properties" of This PC, you should see something about like this.?

    System(1).JPG


    The Properties of This PC (object) just shows your System Information... Hell, I don't know... lol... :oldbiggrin:

    No ****... lol
     
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  19. Apr 11, 2015 #18

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    Thanks all for your patience with my weirdness about this.
     
  20. Apr 11, 2015 #19

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