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cold boot
Last modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 

The start-up of a computer from a powered-down, or off, state.

Also called a hard boot.

Contrast with warm boot, restarting a computer via the operating system.

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BIOS System Boot Operations
Describes what is involved in booting a PC, including a discussion of the steps in the system boot process, and a look at the power-on self-test (POST) that is conducted whenever the system starts up. This page is from "The PC Guide."

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