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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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The client configuration agent can run manually or it can be included in the image file, installed as part of the cloning process by the Imaging Software to run as a service following the boot sequence.
If any problems are encountered in booting or operating with the primary version of code, the controller first stops execution of the failing code, second, switches to the other version of storage controller code, and third, initiates a boot sequence from the other version of code.
The PC platform is now weighed down with legacy hardware that is adding to complexity, slowing down the boot sequence and burdening the user, Whalley explained.
Attendees to this event will gain better understanding of techniques to decrease boot time, and be presented an overview of a typical boot sequence, bootloader and Linux kernel optimizations.
Multiple iSCSI targets (10) assignable to a winBoot/i client: - Available as user selectable boot menu, with automatic boot to default - Available as failover should first or subsequent iSCSI targets not be accessible * Multi-path to different targets during the initial boot strap and Windows boot * Bundled winMigr8(TM) migration utility for moving boot images from physical to a virtual machine or physical server and back * New client discovery * Auto-querying of up to three sources for boot parameters (client configurations) during the boot sequence
Dell's Advanced Configuration Services let customers further customize their order at time of purchase, including modifying the operating system image, hard drive partitions, boot sequence, browser security settings and BIOS settings