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Hardware and Software: Computer Equipment

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

With hardware, people sometimes need clarification on hardware and computer hardware. But there is a significant difference between hardware and computer hardware. The equipment like tools, keys, locks, chains, and all the other equipment is made up of metals and used in mechanical processes like repairing or maintenance dealing with machines.

What is computer hardware?

Computer system components that are tangible and on which either input could be given (like keyboard and mouse etc.) or output could be received (like monitor and printer, etc.) are known as computer hardware. These hardware components of the computer system themselves do not generate instructions but process the instructions generated by either software or the user. 


Computer hardware is only a subset of the word hardware. When we say computer hardware, we only mean the hardware used in a computer system, but if we say only hardware, we mean all the hardware that can be used in any machine. Computer hardware includes the following parts: keyboard, mouse, floppy drive, hard disk, CD Drive, printer, RAM, etc.

But does the hardware alone make the computer system not it is wrong? A computer system with hardware and without software is life which means it is the same as a skeleton without life. Software is essential to the hardware to make a computer system fully functional. The operating system is the primary software needed for creating a computer work in a friendly manner and supporting all user activities. 


What is Operating System?

In a layperson, a language operating system is software that brings life to the computer system. The operating system itself does nothing but supply an environment in which other software programs can execute. It supplies an interface between the user and the computer hardware. It directs the user to run on the computer. It supplies guidelines to users on how to work on the computer. The operating system is the software that makes other hardware work efficiently.

The field of hardware and software has also become a career for new generations and has extensive prospects in this field. People who want to be set up as hardware or software engineers can complete their degree or diploma course from any reputed institution and start their career with an established organization. They can create a company in this field if willing to be entrepreneurs. 

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