Software and Applications (non-game)
Operating Systems
The Difference Between

How is a system software different from an application software?


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• System software gets installed when the operating system is installed on the computer while application software is installed according to the requirements of the user.

• System software includes programs such as compilers, debuggers, drivers, assemblers while application software includes media players, word processors, and spreadsheet programs.

• Generally, users do not interact with system software as it works in the background whereas users interact with application software while doing different activities.

• A computer may not require more than one type of system software while there may be a number of application software programs installed on the computer at the same time.

• System software can run independently of the application software while application software cannot run without the presence of the system software.