soft boot

<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]

Last updated: 1995-11-27

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