How To Perform A Clean Boot In Windows 10

A clean boot is usually used to diagnose and correct any issue that may arise with the normal booting process. If you find out that Windows 10 is not operating correctly, or you are having trouble in installing updates, it may be caused by some conflicts with the processes and services running on your computer. Under such circumstances, you may opt for a clean boot in which Windows starts with a minimal pre-selected set of programs and drivers. In this clean boot state, you can try to figure out which processes are causing the issue you are facing.

How To Perform A windows 10 Clean Boot

To perform a clean boot and single out the process that is causing the issue you are facing on your computer, you need to follow these steps:

  1. You need to log in as an administrator to make the changes. After you log in with administrator privileges, right-click on the Start button and then click Search. In the search box, type msconfig and hit Enter from your keyboard.
  2. Under the General tab, click Selective Startup. Uncheck the Load Startup Items box, and check Load System Services and Use Original Boot Configuration boxes.
  3. Next, go to the Services tab, and check the box next to Hide All Microsoft Services. Then, click on Disable All.
  4. Now, go to the Startup tab. Click on Open Task Manager. Next, click on any startup program you think might be the source of conflict. Click on Disable to turn off that program at startup.

Close the Task Manager and then click OK on the System Configuration window. Restart your computer.

Check For The Problem-Causing Program

Upon restart, your PC will boot with a bare minimum number of essential services and programs. This is the clean boot state. Now, check whether the issue you were encountering in the normal boot state, is still present in the clean boot state or not. For example, if the issue was with installing updates, try installing them in this clean boot state. If the problem persists even in the clean boot state, then the root cause of your issue lies elsewhere. If however, you are able to perform your task in this state, then there must be some software conflict.

To single out the service that is causing problems, you need to follow the first three steps of the above method, but after that re-enable half of the services. Then, restart your computer. If the problem doesn’t appear on the restart, then you again re-enable the other half of the services and restart your computer to check if the trouble-causing service is in that list or not.

In this way, you narrow down to the exact service that is causing the conflict. After you find out the service that is causing the issue, you can either disable it or uninstall it completely.

Returning To Normal Boot

After you have performed the clean boot and solved out your issue by pointing out the trouble-causing process, you need to get back to normal boot settings. The steps involved are:

  1. Right-click on the Start button and click on Search. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
  2. In the System Configuration window, under the General tab, click on Normal Startup.
  3. Go to the Services tab, and check the Disable All Microsoft Services box. Next, click on Enable All.
  4. Go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager. Enable all startup items except the trouble-causing one, by clicking on it and clicking Enable.
  5. Close the Task Manager and click OK on the System Configuration window to save the changes.
  6. Restart your computer.
  7. Upon this restart, your computer will boot normally, but without the service or program that was causing the issue in the first place.

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