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  1. Verbal shorthand for Desktop Personal Computer, normally used to differentiate such a system from a 'Laptop' or portable PC.
  2. In Windows 95®, and later releases, the screen visible on the computer monitor is known as the desktop and can be used to store programs and data as if it were a normal directory/folder. It is generally considered better practice to use the desktop as a place to store links to files and programs, rather than the files and programs themselves. This is partly because of the risk of accidental deletion, but - more importantly to companies - to avoid such files being visible to any curious passer-by.

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