Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope

A PC may refer to any of the following:

Dell desktop computer

1. Alternatively, a desktop and single-user computer, PC, is short for personal computer (also computer) and is a term coined by Ed Roberts when he introduced the MITS Altair 8800. PC is often used in the computer industry to describe an IBM or IBM-compatible computer even though the term PC can refer to any personal computer including an Apple Macintosh computer. The picture shows the Dell Precision 390 computer courtesy of Dell Inc. and an example of a desktop PC.


See our computer term page for full information about all types of computers.

2. An abbreviation used for percent, per cent, or percentage. See our percent definition for further information on this term.

3. A PC (player character) is a character in a video game that is controlled by a real person, using a keyboard, mouse, or game controller. All actions performed by a PC are initiated by a real person. All characters in a game not controlled by a human are considered NPC.

4. This PC is the renamed version of My Computer in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

5. PC is an abbreviation for pica.

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