soft boot

Computing Dictionary

soft boot definition

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)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: soft boil
Next Definition: soft bound
Words Near: soft boot
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for soft boot
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing soft boot
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature