Nowadays, users have become more aware of the necessity to be better informed about what their computer consists of and of the way in which their computers operate in order to be able to work properly with their computers. Every computer consists of hardware and software components. They are both very important for the well functioning of the computers. This is why the users must be aware of the difference between computer hardware and software so as to know how to overcome some problems that they might encounter while working with their computers by identifying the cause of these problems.
Furthermore, there are many other differences between computer hardware and software that the users must become aware of in order to be able to say that they have learnt important aspects related to their computers, their components and their specific functions. Among these, another very important one is the fact that hardware and software consist of many different types of components. Among the computer hardware components the most basic ones have been considered to be the case, the motherboard, the central processing unit, the computer fan, the PCI slots, the random access memory, the BIOS and the circuitry. These are only few examples of computer hardware components as they are still many others about which users can find out important information in order to be able to know as much as possible about their computers. In what concerns the computer software some important examples have been considered to be operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, the Internet browser, certain programs, certain software types of utilities, audio type of software and games. These are also only a few examples of the many types of software included within a computer
By analyzing some of the important computer hardware and software components the users can find many other important differences between the computer hardware and software included within their PCs. Very important hardware components to be analyzed are the motherboard, the central processing unit and the hard disk drives. The motherboard is very important within a computer because it is considered to allow all computer components to receive the necessary power so as to be able to function and communicate with other components in order to assure the well functioning of the computer.
The motherboard contains a microprocessor chip to which other components connect in order to function. Without this computer hardware component the PC could not be functional because all of the other components included within it could not operate. The central processing unit is also very important within the computer. The main reason for this is the fact that the CPU deals with carrying out the instructions of the computer programs and its functions. In this way, the central processing unit is also very important for the software of the computer. This reveals another important difference between computer hardware and software. That is represented by the fact that computer hardware is also very necessary within a computer in order to enable for the computer software to function. That means that the software is somehow dependent on the computer hardware. The hardware however is not considered to be dependent on the computer software in the same way.
Hard disk drives are considered to be another important component within any computer. They are also very important for the software as well because it is in these components that all of the programs and data within a computer are being stored. They are very important because the data being stored within then remains permanently there so as for the user to be able to access it whenever necessary. This represents one reason more in considering the influence that the computer hardware has on the software and in this way to reveal an important difference between computer hardware and software by pointing out their different functions.
When analyzing the computer software it is important to be aware of the many components that it includes and of their functions, which can also reveal some important differences between computer hardware and software. In this respect, it is important to know that there are three main types of computer software included within our computers. These three types are the programming type so software, the system software and the application type of software. The programming software includes important applications such as the compilers, the debuggers, the text editors, the interpreters and the linkers. The application software includes other important applications such as the industrial type of automation, the word processing, the business type of software, the simulation software, the telecommunications, the image editing, the databases, the military software, the educational type of software the medical one and many others. The system software includes the servers, the utilities, the windowing types of systems the operating systems and the device drivers. All of these applications are very necessary for the user to be able to work properly with his or her computer. By analyzing important functions of these applications other important differences between computer hardware and software can be revealed.
Nowadays, it is important for all of us to know what our computer consists of and which components might be the best choice that we have to improve the way in which we can work with our computers. Both computer hardware and software are very important for the way in which the computer functions as a system. Furthermore, it is also very important for us to be able to identify at least the main difference between computer hardware and software and this can be made by identifying the different components and applications which are included within these two types of computer parts.