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SOFTWARE 101

Software – Electronic instructions that tell your computer what to do

Types of Software (BODA)

BIOS – Acronym for basic input/output system, the built-in software that determines what a computer can do without accessing programs from a disk. On PCs, the BIOS contains all the code required to control the keyboard, display screen, disk drives, serial communications, and a number of miscellaneous functions. Award, Phoenix and AMI are examples of BIOS manufacturers.


OS
- The Operating System is the most important program that runs on a computer. Every general-purpose computer must have an operating system to run other programs. Operating systems perform basic tasks, such as recognizing input from the keyboard, sending output to the display screen, keeping track of files and directories on the disk, and controlling peripheral devices such as disk drives and printers.






OS versions

DOS – Disk Operating Systems version 1.0-6.22j
Windows 10 - MS newest Operating System
Windows 8 - Windows 8 and 8.1 OS
Windows 7 - Windows Premium and Windows Ultimate
Windows Vista – Basic, Home Premium, Enterprise, Business, Ultimate
Windows XP
Windows NT
Windows 9x (95/98/ME)
Windows 2K

Windows Server OS
Windows 2K Server and Windows 2003/2008 Server

Other OS

Apple – Mac OS x El Capitan, Yosemite, Maverick, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Jaguar, Panther, Puma and Tiger
UNIX – Free BSD or System V (High End Server OS)
Linux – Red Hat, Caldera, Mandrake, Debian, Kali and Ubuntu
Novell – Net4x, 5x and 6x use as a Server OSware 3x,


Mobile OS - Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows

Drivers – A software that communicates with a hardware (example a printer will need a printer driver in order to function) Drivers come in a floppy, CD or downloaded from the Internet

To access drivers you must go to the device manager

If a driver is missing, corrupt or outdated the device will not work

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Applications – Programs (Example of Applications MS Word, Excel, Adobe PhotoShop)

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To access what applications your computer is using go to the control panel and find the Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features this will give you a list of what programs your PC is using

 



 



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