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As you are writing about a "boot process," which is a particular
application for booting a PC:
1. The boot process can reside either on the hard disk or on a floppy
diskette. Therefore, IMO, you would boot FROM the hard disk, or FROM
2. Numerous boot processes for PCs exist, e.g., the MS-DOS boot
process, the OS/2 boot process, and so on. Therefore, you could say,
"the MS-DOS boot process for Ericka's PC," which (to me) implies that
the boot process is in hand but not yet installed, e.g., "here is the
boot process for Ericka's PC."
Once the boot process is installed on the PC, it seems to me to be
correct to then refer to it as "the boot process ON Ericka's PC."
FWIW, the MS Manual of Style recommends avoiding the term "boot" in
end user documentation, using instead "start," "restart" or "switch
Hope this helps.
Sterling Software, Inc./Operations Management Division
Reston VA USA
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Subject: boot problem
Author: Patricia Bergsma <bergsma -at- locamation -dot- nl> at INTERNET
Date: 4/24/98 4:45 PM
I am writing a help topic about the boot process of our operating system.
Looking at examples from other manuals and dictionaries (on-line and on
books) I encountered the following variations: