How to Perform a Clean Boot on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP


If your computer is not starting smoothly, you could perform a clean boot to troubleshoot the error. This post introduces the well-round information of a clean boot and steps to clean boot Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

What Is a Clean Boot

A clean boot is performed to start Windows with only the most essential drivers and startup applications required by the operating system. It could be used to diagnose and troubleshoot some common software conflicts.

Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10

Step 1. Press Windows + S and then type msconfig in the search box.

Step 2. Select System Configuration.

Step 3. Click the Services tab, select Hide all Microsoft services and then click Disable all.

Step 4. Under the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box, lick Open Task Manager.

Step 5. Again click the Startup tab, select all the startup programs and then click Disable to disable them all.

Step 6. Close Task Manager.

Step 7. Click the Startup tab again and then click OK.

Step 8. Reboo your PC.

Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 8.1/8

Step 1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.

Step 2. Type msconfig and then click msconfig.

Step 3. On the Services tab of the System Configuration dialog box, click to select the Hide all Microsoft services check box, and then click Disable all.

Step 4. On the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box, click Open Task Manager.

Step 5. On the Startup tab, select all programs and then click Disable.

Step 6. Close Task Manager.

Step 7.On the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box, click OK

Step 8. Restart your computer.

Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 7/Vista/XP

Step 1. Log on to the computer as an administrator.

Step 2. Click Start, type msconfig.exe in the search box, and hit Enter.

Step 3. On the General tab, click Selective startup, and then clear the Load startup items check box. (The Use Original Boot.ini check box is unavailable.)

Step 4.On the Services tab, select the Hide all Microsoft services check box, and then click Disable all.

Step 5. Click OK, and then click Restart.

If you have any questions about performing a clean boot in Windows, please make sure to comment below the post.

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