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If you shut your computer all the way down to where you have to press the start button to turn it back on, then that is a shut down.
To reboot/restart: If one goes to START button there are usually 3 options, (Stand by, Restart, turn off) if one clicks re start, it restarts the system without doing a full shut down.
Another option on is to
HIT- CTRL, ALT & DELETE at the same time, that is referred to as a soft reboot.
Except in windows XP on doing the ctrl, alt & delete when the window pops up, go to the top where it says SHUT DOWN and you click on re start.
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