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By chad ·
could someone explain the differences between software drivers and software programs ie(word)in the writing of them and how operating systems detect and use these differences, The main differences i know of are no exe file in drivers and drivers areloaded before the operating system, any other information would be of great help.

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by nla467 In reply to Software

software drivers are actually low level files that makes your hardware works,this is the mediator between the OS and the device, on the other hand software programs or applications are used to accomplished specific tasks

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by SixFourtyKilo In reply to Software

A more detailed description could be: Windows uses associations to associate files such as documents to programs such as Word so that when you double-click a document, it knows to open Microsoft Word. Your operating system knows that certain filesare "executable" by their extension. Microsoft Word is called WINWORD.EXE Back in the DOS days when everything had to be typed, you would have to know this executable in order to make Word run. Your Start Menu uses "Shortcuts" that are labeled with easy to read labels so you don't have to remember WINWORD.EXE - instead it would say, Microsoft Word. .COM files are of the same value and .BAT files are called "batch files". Batch files are written in a text-editor such as EDIT or Notepad thatallows a script to be run. With a batch file you can automate tasks such as opening a file, series of files, or other functions.

System/Software drivers have been a way for the PC to communicate with its hardware for some time now. With driversyou can load a CDROM, sound card, or modem. Windows requires these drivers so that it knows what the device is and how it is supposed to behave (which eventually allows it to communicate with Windows).

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by srguru In reply to Software

A program is a set of instructions which instruct the hardware to move data between various pieces of hardware, perform operations on the data, and store results or transmit them. A driver is a specific set of instructions which enables communications between different pieces of hardware, such as a cpu and and a printer. drivers are usually designed to use a particular operating system. One may have a DOS driver and a Windows driver for the same HP printer, for instance. One would operate under DOS, the other would need windows. In general software consists of instructions designed to operate either under a particular operating or with a particular processor, and is contained in files. Firmware is the set of instructions permanently encoded in the Basic Input Output
Sytem (BIOS chip)

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