IT is a broad-spectrum. If you are an IT expert, this makes sense. First, subdivide IT into two main subsections namely hardware and software. Software deals with programs and instructions that run in computer systems; while hardware refers to all the physical components of a computer system each line still undergoes subdivision.

System software

The system software also called operating system, works hand in hand with utility software called BIOS (Basic Input Output System) to tell the computer how the hardware components should operate and coordinate with the application programs. In some systems, utility software and the system software (OS) depend on one another function. Systems software can be used by the users or work in the background. System software provides a user-friendly user interface where users interact with the computer hardware like installing and uninstalling hardware drivers and more using the device manager.

Application software

These are programs that allow users to be productive by using them, like daily by sending emails, creating excel document and many other applications that help computer users in their daily activities and productivity. There are advanced application programs used for high-end designing like engineering packages, architectural packages, and designing packages. All software while running utilises hardware components, for example, while a user runs the word processor application, it uses RAM, the hard disk and the computer processor. A video game uses the video card, hard drive, memory called RAM and the microprocessor. Installing programs in a computer add functionality to your computer system, but the computer without computer application can run just good. RAM in a computer is the main memory of a computer system where all the running programs are held and processed before they are sent to hard drive or external storage media.


They are data stored in ROM, which provides users or computer technicians with instructions on how the computer device should operate. They are permanent. Therefore, the user cannot delete it without using special programs.

Firmware update

These are releases for the firmware used to update the firmware. For example, a user downloading router updates from the network to improve performance and in some cases, can fix the issues that affect the hardware component.

Installing software

The ways of installing application software depends on the operating system, the common steps of installing application software include some of the simple to follow steps while others might have complex installation procedures that come with the application manual. While installing an application software, there might be errors while installing, in that case, some might be skipped while others are necessary files for the smooth running of the installation.

Tips for installing application software in a computer

  • Ensure your software applications meet the system requirements before attempting installation.
  • Read me manuals are always availed with the software, if not you can go to their official website and download straight to your computer before installing.
  • While installing programs, it is good practice to close the running programs on the background because they might conflict with the installation package.
  • After the successful installation, it is always a good practice to restart the computer system before using the newly installed programs. Often, the name of the program installed on the computer system appears as a shortcut on the desktop of your screen.

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