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boot 1

1. A durable covering for the foot and part or much of the leg, usually made of leather, fabric, plastic, or rubber.
2. A protective covering, especially a sheath to enclose the base of a floor-mounted gear shift lever in a car or truck.
3. Chiefly British An automobile trunk.
a. A kick.
b. Slang An unceremonious dismissal, as from a job. Used with the.
c. Slang A swift, pleasurable feeling; a thrill.
5. A Denver boot.
6. A marine or navy recruit in basic training.
7. Computers The process of starting or restarting a computer.
8. boots An instrument of torture, used to crush the foot and leg.
tr.v. boot·ed, boot·ing, boots
1. To put boots on.
2. To kick: booted the ball into the goal.
3. Slang To discharge unceremoniously. See Synonyms at dismiss.
4. Computers To start (a computer) by loading an operating system from a disk.
5. To disable (a vehicle) by attaching a Denver boot.
6. Baseball To misplay (a ground ball).

[Middle English bote, from Old French.]

boot 2

intr.v. boot·ed, boot·ing, boots
To be of help or advantage; avail.
1. Chiefly Southern & Midland US See lagniappe.
2. Archaic Advantage; avail.
to boot
In addition; besides: The new cruise ship was not only the biggest in the world, but the fastest to boot.

[Middle English boten, to be of help, from Old English bōtian, from bōt, help; see bhad- in Indo-European roots.]


The process of setting up all of the operating programs of a computer, section by section until complete and ready to operate.
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This includes in particular the bios / uefi settings according to the customer~s order of order, Activation of the network boot process and the bios / uefi passwords.
The check is performed during the boot process before the operating system is started.
The DTEK50 also has a Secure Boot Process, which verifies each step of the boot process before proceeding.
It also has additional features like rapid security patching, FIPS 140-2 compliant full disk encryption, secure boot process and more.
their devices remain safe from malware during the boot process.
The root of trust is used to initiate the secure boot process to validate the host processor firmware.
Customers can reduce risks by relying on Wind River to deliver a fully maintained and securely monitored commercial embedded Linux distribution with built-in security features such as a hardened kernel, secure user space, and secure boot process.
The boot process is examined in detail, with specific memory locations of crucial data structures identified and their interactions detailed.
Other enhancements include improved boot process reliability across platform services, new features exposed to end users via API updates (e.
The bios is the program that controls the boot process and in recent years criminals have targeted the bios because it means they can take control of a computer.