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Why do you "boot up" a computer?


computer connectionWhenever you start a computer it is 'booting' up. Why do you 'boot' it?
Steve, Twickenham


** Definitive **
Name: Robert, Kingston
Qualification: A-Level computing
Answer: Booting is actually using a 'boot loader' programme that is self sustaining to start up. It comes from the term "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" as it is self-sustaining - the first one was in the 1950s.

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