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What does it mean to “boot” your computer?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms

What does it mean to “boot” your computer?

Booting a computer is a simple procedure that’s preformed when it acts up. Let’s say it’s the 20th time in an hour that Windows has locked up. You simply lift the computer up at about chest-high level and drop kick it. It doesn’t always fix the problem, but it does tend to make you feel a little better.

The term originated from the old west cowboys. Their computers (running Win 1870) would often cause them no end of grief and would be riddled with thousands of triangular dents produced from the tips of those boots they wore.

JUST KIDDING – sorry, couldn’t resist.

When you start (or re-start) your computer, that’s called “booting”. If you want to get all technical, when you power on your computer, it’s a “cold boot”. Restarting it is a “warm boot”.

Tossing it out the window is just giving it “da boot”.

2 Responses to “What does it mean to “boot” your computer?”

  1. bro says:

    what not helping

  2. sondra tompos says:

    thank you very much. I am a novice and am very much looking forward to your emails. sondra

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