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System Software

What Does System Software Mean?

System software is a platform comprised of Operating System (OS) programs and services, including settings and preferences, file libraries and functions used for system applications. System software also includes device drivers that run basic computer hardware and peripherals.


Techopedia Explains System Software

System software is run by the OS, versus end users. Because system software runs in the background at a basic level, it is considered low-level software.

Basic examples of system software include:

  • Utility software
  • System servers
  • Device drivers
  • Operating system (OS)
  • Windows/graphical user interface (GUI) systems

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