hot boot & cold boot

September 21, 2010 at 10:26:55
Specs: Windows 7
what is hard boot and cold boot and how do they work?

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September 21, 2010 at 11:00:27
This sounds a bit like a homework question.

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September 21, 2010 at 11:47:18
hard boot/cold boot? Ain't they the same?

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September 21, 2010 at 15:42:23
This is more a technical issue but can still be a problem.

Cold boot is one that all power has been removed from all components in the system.

Warm boot is usually on that may have power and even settings saved on reboot.

Depends on the system. Large mainframes may use a warm boot or specialized single purpose computers may have reboot features that need or can use warm boot. Some systems have embedded programs running on cards maybe that you don't want to reload.

For a home computer you would want your computer to cold boot each time normally. They all may not. To be sure you can usually power off your computer and remove ac plug for 20 minutes or so. Or remove ac plug and press power a few times. It should remove all power and any saved pn junctions back to cold state.

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September 21, 2010 at 18:12:41
As jackbomb stated, hard boot & cold boot are the same thing.

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September 21, 2010 at 22:53:39
So is it hot boot/cold boot as your subject line asks or hard boot/cold boot as you ask in the body of your posting?

If the former, then to add to jefro's posting, a warm boot for a PC is when you choose 'restart' from the windows shutdown menu. Or CTRL-ALT-DEL from dos. With a warm boot sometimes hardware, especially PCI devices, aren't reset. As far as I know hot boot and warm boot are the same thing.

A cold boot is when the computer is off and you start it up with the power switch.

If your PC has a RESET button on the front panel, pushing that results in a cold boot.

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