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Windows 10 Clean Boot

Written on March 7, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven
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Windows 10 clean boot

Sometimes during normal operation you may encounter errors or issues with Windows 10 that may not be easy to track down. If you aren't sure if the issues are hardware or software related, a simple way to eliminate/identify hardware is to perform a clean boot. When Windows performs a clean boot, no software or services are loaded and only the core OS system is booted. If your issue is resolved, then the issue is software related and all you need to do is re-enable each startup item one by one in order to determine which software is causing the issue.

How to perform a clean boot

This section will cover the process required in order to enable a clean boot. Simply reverse the process one service/startup item at a time in order to trace the software/service that is causing the problem.

Step 1:

In the lower left corner, click the Start menu icon (Windows icon) and immediately start typing to search; there's no need to click anywhere else, it will automatically search

Step 2:

Type "msconfig"

Step 3:

The best match should be a "System Configuration", right click that and select "Run as Administrator"

Step 4:

Now select the "Services" tab

Step 5:

In the Service tab, please make sure the box below is checked "Hide all Microsoft services"

Step 6:

Now click "Disable all"

 

Step 7:

Select the "Startup" tab and then click "Open Task Manager"

Step 8:

Select each program listed in the startup tab one by one and then select "Disable" at the bottom of the screen. Close out the Task Manager with the X in the top right, and click "OK" in the System configuration tool and you will be prompted to restart, please restart now

 

 

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