Hardware & Software

Hardware & Software

The Difference Between Hardware and Software


Hardware consists of any physical device used in or with your IT infrastructure. For example, your monitor, mouse, keyboard, memory, hard drive, and video card are all types of hardware. To simplify it even more, if you can physically see and touch it, it’s hardware. It’s what makes a computer work, and has four main categories: input device, output device, storage, and internal components. Computers require hardware to function, this includes a display, hard drive, keyboard, motherboard, video card, power supply, memory, and processor. If these pieces cease to function properly, an error will occur, or the device just won’t start. When you add hardware like a mouse, printer, sound card, or speakers they can give your computer extra functionality. Researching the variety of new products, technologies, and programs that are constantly peppering the market is not a task for the faint of heart. LARA-TECH’s extensive background in IT technology and service allows us to expertly navigate through the plethora of available hardware.


Software is installed on your computer’s hard drive and is a collection of code. It is a package of instructions, documentation, and procedures used to perform specific tasks on a computer system. The internet browser and operating system you’re using are examples of software. More examples include the Microsoft Office suite, Google Chrome, and Adobe applications. It is divided into three categories: system, programming, and application. Hardware and software work together, software can only operate when used in conjunction with at least one hardware device, and hardware can not perform any task without software. In most scenarios, a computer requires software to operate, but if an operating system is not installed or found, then the system will either generate an error or will not output any information, rendering it useless.

Some of our hardware and software support and services include:

  • Infrastructure Assessment and Evaluations
  • Virtualization
  • Hardware, Software and License Purchasing
  • Windows Server and Desktop Installation and Upgrades
  • Server, Desktop, Laptop and mobile device maintenance, monitoring and patch management
  • Network Install/Configuration Cable Evaluations, Installations and Management
  • Remote Connectivity

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