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 for soft boot
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  soft boot
   n.
  
      See boot.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  soft boot
  
      A boot which resets only part of the
     system.
  
     For example, "If you're running the mess-dos emulator,
     control-alt-insert will cause a soft boot of the emulator,
     while leaving the rest of the system running".
  
     Contrast hard boot.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-11-27)
  

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