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System Software

A computer is controlled by systems software. Operating systems provide this control, while utilities help to maintain the system. Note: this is different from "applications software" like word processing software (e.g Microsoft Word)

Systems software is software that governs the computer system. It:

  • controls the hardware, including any peripherals
  • allows other programs (applications) to run
  • provides an interface for the user to interact with the computer
  • maintains the system

There are two kinds of systems software to consider:

  • operating systems
  • utilities

Additional Reading

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_software

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