Difference Between Hardware and Software | Computer Notes

Difference Between Hardware and Software

Computer Hardware (H/W) Computer Software (S/W)
Physical parts of the computer are called h/wA set of instruction given to the computer is called software.
You can touch, see and feel h/wYou cannot touch and feel s/w
H/W is constructed using physical materials or components.S/W is developed by writing instructions in programming language.
Computer is h/w. which operates under the control of a s/w.The operations of computer are controlled through s/w.
If h/w is damaged, it is replaced with new one.If s/w is damaged or corrupted, its back copy can be reinstalled.
Hardware is not affected by computer virusesSoftware is affected by computer viruses
h/w cannot be transferred from one place to another electronically through networks/w can be transferred from one place to another electronically through network
User cannot make new duplicate copies of the hardwareUser can make many new duplicate copies of the software.

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