WHAT'S INSIDE: COMPUTER SOFTWARE

Software refers to the programs your computer uses to perform the actions you want it to. Learn all about computer software, from Web browsers to the latest operating systems, with our explanations, reviews, videos and prices.
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On virtually every computer available, the basic input/output system, or BIOS, makes sure all the other components function together smoothly. Without BIOS, you wouldn't be able to load your operating system. How much do you know about BIOS?

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