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.

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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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100 thoughts on “Difference between System Software and Application Software

        1. TUV

          yes it is, data is numbers, words, figures, and ideas that by itself means little to nothing to the computer. However, data can be made useful (cough* information) by being oranized by the computer in binary language. for example the data John 7172739872 is data. it becomes information when the computer processes it as John Smith (717)273-9872… a name and phone numer… (aka useful information)

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  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

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    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.

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    3. Anon

      Yes ..you can for e.g. you can change your windows..

      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

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  3. NASIR MOHA

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

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  4. Nsabimana Emmanuel

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

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  5. Mr.Mojo

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

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  6. Amit Budar

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

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  7. raheel haider

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

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  8. Suraj

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

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  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

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  10. aqsa alam

    system software and program software both are same…… ?

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  11. Thirumalai

    I can understand hardware and system software.but still i cannot understand application software..please give some idea about with an example

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  12. Jisha

    Thank you so much . Very easy to understand. Keep doing notes like this.

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  13. RUHI THAKUR

    thank u sir for the…notes tomorrow is my half yearly examinations and i have very lengthy ans of this q. so thank u now i am very clear about it…..

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  14. casly

    thank you so much i was struggling to figure out he deference between these two items

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  15. Bhairvee Singh

    why compilers, assembler and interpreters are system software?

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  16. Patrick Anso

    thank u alot am gratful with your points, and it was helpful to me.

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  17. Aamir Ali

    thank you for given information about difference between system and application software and it gave me help in question paper of information system..

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  18. Zainab Babar

    Really amazing article indeed. Thumbs up.
    But have doubts about examples of system software like a compiler. Isn’t it an application software?

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  19. Mulinge Damaris

    Thanks for the difference in a simplified way

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  20. Ahmed

    thanks a lot. I think this must be typing error we don’t have softwares but software. thanks once more.

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  21. Marcelle

    Hello! Which bibliographic reference would you point me to as the basis for this difference between system software and application software? Thanks.

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  22. harry

    Great post to know the difference between them. The software is for martial arts studio management, swim club, dance club, gymnastic they all help to smooth the management hassle

    Reply

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