Re: boot problem

Subject: Re: boot problem
From: Keith Arnett <keith_arnett -at- RESTON -dot- OMD -dot- STERLING -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 11:00:43 -0500

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
the floppy.

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.

Keith Arnett
Technical Writer
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:

to boot FROM a hard disk
to boot OFF a hard disk

a boot process ON a PC
a boot process OF a PC

What is right or most common?

Patricia Bergsma
bergsma -at- locamation -dot- nl
Documentation engineer
Locamation B.V.
Enschede, The Netherlands

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