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What is the difference between program and a software?

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A '''program''' is what a computer runs. Unless it's turned off or halted, a computer is ''always'' running a program. A single program may exist in multiple files. 
'''Software''' is a program or set of programs that reside in main memory. This is different from '''firmware''', which is a program or set of programs that reside in non-volatile memory, such as flash ROM.

Program is a specific kind of software, whereas software is just the general term.

Program is source code + object code, whereas software is documentation + source code + object code
Program is set of instructions, whereas software is set of programs.

 

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Occasionally you will hear the terms program and software used interchangeably but there are distinct differences between the two.

A program is a (or any) set of instructions designed for a computer to complete a specific task. Generally, you can think of a program as a set of instructions written in a programming language. Computers run programs and programs can exist in multiple files. A computer, that is powered on and not halted, is always running a program.

Software is a set of programs, data, files, and other associated resources designed for a computer to complete a task. The term software also refers to the procedures and documentation associated with the set of programs, data, and files.

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