Difference between System Software and Application Software

In this tutorial you will learn about difference between system software and application software.

System software is general purpose software which is used to operate computer hardware. It provides platform to run application softwares.

Application software is specific purpose software which is used by user for performing specific task.

Below I have shared some main differences between them.

Difference between System Software and Application Software

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Difference between System Software and Application Software

S.No. System Software Application Software
1. System software is used for operating computer hardware. Application software is used by user to perform specific task.
2. System softwares are installed on the computer when operating system is installed. Application softwares are installed according to user’s requirements.
3. In general, the user does not interact with system software because it works in the background. In general, the user interacts with application sofwares.
4. System software can run independently. It provides platform for running application softwares. Application software can’t run independently. They can’t run without the presence of system software.
5. Some examples of system softwares are compiler, assembler, debugger, driver, etc. Some examples of application softwares are word processor, web browser, media player, etc.

 

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40 thoughts on “Difference between System Software and Application Software

  1. phanuel

    nice but help me to know,can a user change or uninstall system software regularly as one can do with application software?
    or which one can be changed and changed according to one’s wish?

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    1. Anubhav Bhati

      Yes user can change or uninstall system software.
      both can be changed according to user’s wish

      Reply
    2. Arya Thakur

      System Software is Operating system.
      Yes you can regularly change it but it’s not recommended as you will also loose your data and will have to install all application softwares again. For example you can replace windows 8 with windows 10 but you shouldn’t keep uninstalling and reinstalling windows 10 again and again.

      Reply
  2. Srinidhi Reddy

    I got to know about the difference between system software and application software because of this article. Thank you very much

    Reply
  3. NASIR MOHA

    I got to know about the difference between system software and application software because of this article. Thank you very much

    Reply
  4. Nsabimana Emmanuel

    Thank you i wasn’t clear about the difference between system and application software but now i know them from you.

    Reply
  5. Mr.Mojo

    Thanks for this, it was helpful and useful and easy to understand 🙂

    Reply
  6. Amit Budar

    Thanks for this, it was helpful and useful and easy to understand

    Reply
  7. raheel haider

    honestly it’s the absolute answer i have ever searched.
    thanks a lot srrrr

    Reply
  8. Suraj

    MS paint Is which Type Of software.It Comes with System Software And User Use it.

    Reply
  9. Patience muvindi

    Tts nice and i understood it much better.but can you tell me about the authors .and what is a compiler and debbuger

    Reply

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