Warm Reboot

What Does Warm Reboot Mean?

A warm reboot is the process of aborting and reloading the operating system when it’s already in an operational or live mode. This closes current programs including the operating system and reinitiates the boot sequence until the operating system and all startup programs are reloaded.


A warm reboot is also known as a soft boot, warm boot or warm restart.

Techopedia Explains Warm Reboot

Warm reboot is primarily used in scenarios where it’s essential to restart the computer to restore its normal working operations, resolve program errors, or initiate changes in an installed application. Typically, a warm boot is performed by pressing the CTRL-ALT-DEL key simultaneously within Windows OS or selecting the restart function from the Start menu. In warm a reboot, the computer reloads faster than the time it would take to revive it from cold or dead state.


Related Terms

Latest Backup and Recovery Terms

Related Reading

Margaret Rouse

Margaret Rouse is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical, business audience. Over the past twenty years her explanations have appeared on TechTarget websites and she's been cited as an authority in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine and Discovery Magazine.Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages. If you have a suggestion for a new definition or how to improve a technical explanation, please email Margaret or contact her…