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reboot

[rē′büt]
(computer science)
To reload systems software into a computer so that it makes a new start.

reboot

(operating system)
(From boot) A boot with the implication that the computer has not been down for long, or that the boot is a bounce intended to clear some state of wedgitude.

See warm boot.

reboot

To reload the operating system and start over. A reboot often solves many software problems in computers, smartphones, tablets, cable boxes and other electronics devices, because it resets the system.

Restart Vs. Shut Down/Start
If a Restart option in an electronic device is selected from the menu, the current applications are closed, and the operating system is reloaded. This is a "warm boot," which does not clear internal RAM memory. When Shut Down is chosen, and the unit is turned back on, this "cold boot" clears memory and reloads the OS, which is often more effective for solving problems than restarting. See cold boot, clean boot and boot.
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Some changes to the registry require that the target machine be rebooted in order for the changes to become active.
JNI's new No-Reboot driver for Solaris continues in the company's tradition of innovation with the first and only HBA driver that does not require the server to be rebooted for dynamic target and LUN reconfiguration, driver parameter updates, and the unloading/reloading of drivers.
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This capability allows network administrators to perform hard server reboots--which are required when servers lock up and cannot be rebooted through standard keyboard sequences.
today announced it has signed a licensing agreement with IBM for "Meta Pad," a research prototype portable computing device that transforms in seconds into a personal digital assistant (PDA), desktop, laptop, tablet or wearable computer without having to be rebooted.
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Quota & File Sentinel can be installed using the embedded push technology in Enterprise Application Services Extension(TM) (EASE) without requiring servers or workstations to be rebooted.