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warm boot

warm boot (warm restart) A method of restarting a computer without switching it off and then on again or using an equivalent technique (see cold boot). The implication is that not all parts of the operating system are reinitialized; there is some carry-over from the environment before the reboot. However, a warm boot will normally be quicker and often simpler than a cold boot and may well serve whatever purpose was intended by the restart.

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