In contrast, system software consists of programs that run in the background, enabling applications to run.
These programs include assemblers, compilers, file management tools, and the operating system itself.
Applications are said to run on top of the system software, since the system software is made of of "low-level" programs.
While system software is automatically installed with the operating system, you can choose which applications you want to install and run on your computer.
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This includes application software such as a word processor, which enables a user to perform a task, and system software such as an operating system, which enables other software to run properly, by interfacing with hardware and with other software.
Practical computer systems divide software into three major classes: system software, programming software and application software, although the distinction is arbitrary, and often blurred.