Windows 10 Clean Boot

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 unnecessary 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”

Tip: Save a screenshot of your Startup items in Task Manager before disabling them. That way, you can easily revert the changes after you are done testing.

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


Wrapping Up

Once you’ve performed the above steps the system will restart in a ‘Clean Boot‘ configuration with limited services/applications launching and it’s likely the issue you’re troubleshooting will be resolved.

Now you will want to reverse the process, one service or startup item at a time until you identify the offending culprit. From there you can either uninstall the offending application or simply leave the service disabled if you don’t believe it to be system critical.

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