Definitions for "Cold Boot"
Keywords:  boot, restart, reset, floppy, startup
reloading a computer's operating system by turning the power to the computer off and then back on.
(1) First software initialization of the computer. (2) Software loading and checking just after the computer has been turned on.
The computer startup process that begins when you turn on power to the computer. A cold boot might be needed if a program or the operating system crashes in such a way that you cannot continue. If operations are interrupted in a minor way, a warm boot may suffice.