Definition[edit | edit source]

Boot "represents the automatic start-up process when the computer is turned on. A computer usually boots from its hard drive."[1]

To boot is "[t]o initialize a computer system by clearing memory and reloading the operating system."[2]

To boot is "[t]o cause a computer system to reach a known beginning state."[3]

Overview[edit | edit source]

"A boot program, in firmware, typically performs this function which includes loading basic instructions which tell the computer how to load programs into memory and how to begin executing those programs."[4]

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