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What is a general purpose computer?

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A general purpose computer is built to perform a variety of tasks, including the most frequent computing tasks, in a reasonably efficiently manner. It can store and execute multiple programs in its internal storage. Personal computers such as tablets, smartphones, notebooks and desktops are examples of general purpose computers.

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Computers can also be categorized as special purpose or dedicated. These computers are designed to perform a single task and solve a specific problem repeatedly. Since they only have to complete a single task, special purpose computers generally have faster processing at the expense of versatility. Dedicated computers are mostly used in intelligent systems.

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