Soft Reboot

Definition - What does Soft Reboot mean?

A soft reboot is an action that uses a software to restart a computer without removing the computer's power.

Also known as a soft boot.

Techopedia explains Soft Reboot

There are two ways to do soft reboot on Windows:
  • Ctrl + Alt + Delete key combination and
  • Selecting "Shut Down" or "Restart" from the start menu.
In theory, a soft reboot should generally be OK. As any experienced network admin will tell you, for whatever reason, hard reboots are often necessary.
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