Mention the differences between computer hardware and software.

Subject Introduction to Computer System
NU Year Set: 6.(a) Marks: 4 Year: 2009

 

Hardware

Software

Definition

Devices that are required to store and execute (or run) the software.

Collection of instructions that enables a user to interact with the computer. Software is a program that enables a computer to perform a specific task, as opposed to the physical components of the system (hardware).

Types

Input, storage, processing, control, and output devices.

System software, Programming software, and Application software.

Function

Hardware serve as the delivery system for software solutions. The hardware of a computer is infrequently changed, in comparison with software and data, which are “soft” in the sense that they are readily created, modified, or erased on the comput

To perform the specific task you need to complete. Software is generally not needed to for the hardware to perform its basic level tasks such as turning on and reponding to input.

Examples

 

CD-ROM, monitor, printer, video card, scanners , label makers.

QuickBooks, Adobe Acrobat, Google Chrome, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Apple Maps

Nature

Hardware is physical in nature

Software is logical in nature.

 

 

 

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