Elderly Computer Users – Jargon Buster #2 – What is “booting up”?


BootstrapWhat is “booting up”?  This is a question I hear quite  a bit.  Makes you wonder doesn’t it?  Computers don’t have legs, so what use do they have for boots?


Simply put, “booting up” is starting a computer.  It’s a notion borrowed from the phrase “pulling oneself up by the bootstraps.”  Whenever you turn-on a computer,  there is a special set of instructions, called the bootstrap, that always runs as part of the start sequence.  Bootstrap was shortened to boot, and the process of starting up a computer is the boot sequence.  Of course this is too long to say, so we now just say our computer is “booting up.”


You may also have heard people say to “reboot your computer.”  This means the restart your computer while it is running.  In Windows 7, you can reboot your computer by selecting Start (1), clicking the arrow (2) next to the Shut down button, and then selecting Restart (3).


Rebooting or Restarting your Computer

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