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soft boot in Technology

operating system
A boot which resets only part of the system.
For example, "If you're running the mess-dos emulator, control-alt-insert will cause a soft boot of the emulator, while leaving the rest of the system running".
Contrast hard boot.
[Jargon File]
(1995-11-27)

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