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System requirements

Almost all computer software requires some features to be present on a computer system before it can be used with the computer. These necessary features are known as system requirements, and are often used as a guideline as opposed to an absolute rule. Often two sets of system requirements are given for an item of software: a minimum set of requirements (which must be satisfied for the software to be usable at all) and a recommended set of requirements (for maximum performance).

System requirements for software tend to increase over time, and have done so to a large extent over the last decade.

For instance, while StarCraft(C) (1994) needs:

Spider-Man(C), 2002, will need: Not only computer games need these features, but any substantial programss such as Encarta(C), DVD players, file managers and the like.

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