What is operating system software?

  • Operating system software is a program which controls the hardware and other parts of the system. Without system software no other software can be used.
  • Operating systems perform basic tasks, such as recognizing input from the input devices like keyboard, mouse etc. sending output to the output devices like display screen, keeping track of files and directories on the disk, and controlling peripheral devices such as disk drives and printers.
  • Operating system software is the master controller for all the activities that take place within a computer system. It controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files and controls the processing of a computer system. 
  • Every operating system software performs three basic functions: managing resources, providing a user interface and running applications.
  • Examples of operating system software: Linux, Microsoft windows, Mas Os are some of the most popular operating systems.

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