Boot and reload command comparison

The switch offers reboot options through the boot and reload commands, plus the options inherent in a dual-flash image system. Generally, using boot provides more comprehensive self-testing; using reload gives you a faster reboot time.

Table 6: Comparing the boot and reload commands


Included in Boot?

Included in Reload


Save all configuration changes since the last boot or reload

Optional, with prompt

Optional with reload <cr>, when prompt displays. Not saved with reload at/after commands; No prompt is displayed.

Config changes saved to the startup-config file if "y" is selected (reload command).

Perform all system self-tests



The reload command provides a faster system reboot.

Choice of primary or secondary flash image


No—Uses the current flash image.


Perform a scheduled reboot



Use the reload command with after/at parameters (see for Using reload details).