Restart in Windows XP1. Alternatively referred to as restart, reboot is a term used to describe the process of restarting the computer or electronic device. Rebooting is sometimes necessary to recover from an error, re-initialize drivers, or hardware devices. A reboot may also occur automatically if the computer or hardware device encounters an error or is overloaded. In the picture to the right, is the Turn off computer prompt in Windows XP that includes the Restart option.

If the computer is operating normally, the user should not press the reset button or power the computer off and on to reboot. Instead, restart the computer or shutdown the computer as required by your operating system.

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2. Linux command, see the reboot command for further information.

Also see: Auto restart, Boot, Bounce, Power cycle, Reset, Shutdown, Warm boot