Updating Systems Software

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Unit 5 Assignment: Updating Systems Software
To: Technology Advisor
From: Software acquisition department
Re: Updating system software
We are currently in the process of evaluating our current systems. After we have determined the appropriate system software, we will assess whether our hardware is appropriate.
Task
To begin this 4.
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Prepare a report explaining what system software is Evaluate different types of system software Recommend an appropriate system software assignment,
Explain what an operating system does.
How does the OS manage the processor?
What activities are coordinated by the OS?
How does the OS manage the computer’s memory? What is virtual memory and how does it work?
How does the OS manage peripheral devices?
a. What are device drivers?
b. What is PnP?
10.How does the OS coordinate software? 11.What is the BIOS?
a. What does the BIOS do?
b. What is POST?
c. What is the kernel?
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d. What are beep codes?
12.What are three different operating systems (note – only one can be Microsoft)?
a. Which operating system would you recommend?
b. Why?
When answering these questions, please write 3 to 4 sentences on each topic. Use a minimum of two
sources other than your book. Remember to cite your sources. Unit 5 Rubric
Task
Possible Points
Earned Points
What does an operating system do?

0-5

Processor management
0-5
Activity coordination

0-5

Memory management
0-5
Virtual memory
0-3

Peripheral devices
o Device drivers
o PnP
0-7
Software coordination
0-5
BIOS
o POST
o Kernel
o Beep codes
0-8
Three different OSs
o OS recommendation
o Explanation