What Does Boot Mean In Operating A Computer?


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To boot a computer means literally to get the machine running. Computers consist of Hardware and Software, and rely on the instructions contained in the software to run. The booting process is how a computer uses a small program or sets of programs when the power is switched on to get the machine running. These programs help get the operating system online or booted. The operating systems, for example windows or Linux, are what actually run the machine.

Earlier a series of external switches enabled technicians to manually boot a computer. An analogy can be seen in traditional cars or generators where a lever at the front had to be manually turned to get the engine in motion. This function is now performed by the starter motor which at the turn of a key gets the engine running. In a similar way computers get started by using a booting program.

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