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warm boot

[¦wȯrm ′büt]
(computer science)
To boot a computer system after it has been running.

warm boot

(operating system)
A boot from power on, where the CPU and peripherals are already powered up (warm).

A warm boot might be performed after a software crash or a hardware reset.

Contrast cold boot. See also reboot.

warm boot

Reloading the operating system by performing a Restart operation from the computer's main menu while it is still turned on. The warm boot does not turn the power off and back on, and it does not clear memory. Contrast with cold boot. See boot, clean boot and reboot.