Hardware and Software

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Introduction

Any computer system is made up of two parts, Hardware and Software.

The parts of the computer you can physically pick up are called Hardware, whereas Software are the applications and programming instructions that tell the computer what to do.

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External Hardware

Outside the computer case,

e.g.

Keyboard

Mouse

Monitor

Speakers

Printer

Microphone

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Internal Hardware

Inside the computer

e.g.

CPU

Soundcard

Motherboard

R.A.M. (Random Access Memory)

Fan

Hard disk

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Software

A computer needs to be told what to do, Software are the applications and programming instructions that tell the computer what to do.

There are two main types of software, 'system software' which basically tell your computer what to do, such as:

Operating system, Utilities, User Interface

The other type of software is called aplication software, such as:

Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Databases, Games

So Software depends on Hardware, and Hardware depends on Software.

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Software

A computer needs to be told what to do, Software are the applications and programming instructions that tell the computer what to do.

There are two main types of software, 'system software' which basically tell your computer what to do, such as:

Operating system, Utilities, User Interface

The other type of software is called aplication software, such as:

Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Databases, Games

So Software depends on Hardware, and Hardware depends on Software.

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