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Computing (Hardware)

includes the physical parts of a computer, central processing unit (CPU), monitormousekeyboardcomputer data storagegraphics cardsound cardspeakers and motherboard.

By contrast, software is the set of instructions that can be stored and run by hardware. Hardware is so-termed because it is "hard" or rigid with respect to changes, whereas software is "soft" because it is easy to change.

Hardware is typically directed by the software to execute any command or instruction. A combination of hardware and software forms a usable computing system, although other systems exist with only hardware.