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Perform a Clean Boot to diagnose issues on Windows 10 / 8 / 7

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If you suddenly got some unexpected behavior on your Windows 10 PC, the first thing you need to Perform a Clean Boot to take a diagnostic approach by way of elimination. A clean boot allows you to start Windows without running non-Microsoft services. And help you troubleshoot or determine what application or program is causing the problem that you have. In other Words, Clean boot option is specially designed to isolate a performance problem.

Note: When you start Windows in clean boot, the computer starts by using a pre-selected minimal set of drivers and startup programs, and because the computer starts with a minimal set of drivers, some programs may not work as you expected.

When You Need Clean Boot

As Discussed perform a clean boot will help you to eliminate software conflicts that can appear during install updates, Windows 10 Fall Creators upgrade, While software installation, or when you’re running an app in Windows 10. Also if your computer is not starting normally, you receive errors when you start your computer that you cannot identify, you could consider performing a clean boot to determinate the issue.




Different Between Clean Boot And Safe Mode

On Windows computer Safe mode and Clean Boot, both Are Enter windows into diagnostic mode to determinate and fix different Startup issues. But A clean boot is totally different from safe mode. Windows Safe mode boot shuts down everything that is not required to launch Windows and runs with the most stable driver available. on another hand Clean boot does not care about the Windows Environment and it only removes the 3rd party vendor add-ons that are loaded on startup. All the Microsoft services are running and all the components of Windows are enabled. But in Windows safe mode non-essential processes do not start and non-core components are disabled.

How To perform a Clean Boot windows 10

After UnderStand What is Clean Boot, When we needed to perform a Clean Boot And Different Between Windows Safe mode boot and Windows Clean Boot Now lets Fallow Bellow Steps To perform A Clean Boot on Windows 10.

In Single Words a clean boot state, Windows doesn’t load any third-party programs and services during startup. So, windows Experts prefer it to troubleshoot many windows problems specially BSOD Errors. If your computer is misbehaving not working properly, or receive Different errors when you start your computer that you cannot identify, you could consider performing a clean boot.

Note: Bellow Steps Are applicable to perform a clean boot on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 all editions.

Steps Perform Clean Boot

Press Windows + R key, Type msconfig And click ok to open System Configuration Window. Here Under General tab select the option Selective startup, then uncheck the Load startup items check box. Also, Make Sure the Load system services and Use original boot configuration is checked As shown below image.

load selective Startup option
load selective Startup option
Disabling Third-Party Services



Next Go to Services tab, From there, check Mark on Hide all Microsoft services. You will find it at the bottom of that window. Now, click on Disable all To Disable all third party unnecessary services.

Disable Unnecessary Third party Services
Disable Unnecessary Third party Services

Now Move to Startup Tab, You find Option open Task manager click on it. On Task manager under Startup Tab Disable All the Startup Applications. Now close Taskmanager.

Disable Windows Startup Applications
Disable Windows Startup Applications

Note for Windows 7 Users: When you move to Startup Tab, You Will find All startup Item List. Uncheck All the Startup programs and Click Apply And ok.

Disable Startup programs on Windows 7
Disable Startup programs on Windows 7

That’s all Now restart your computer. It will keep your PC in clean boot state see if the problem is gone. You can turn on each app one by one and services individually afterward to find exactly which app is the cause of your issue.

Revert to a normal boot on Windows 10

To return to normal boot, Just need to undo the changes you have done and restart your PC. Such As open system configuration By press Win + R, Type msconfig and hit the enter key. Then under General tab Select radio button Normal Startup.

Move to Services tab, Check the Hide all Microsoft services option And Click the Enable all button. Next on Startup tab Click the Open Task Manager link, Under  Startup tab, select each item and click the Enable button.




That’s All Close Task Manager, Apply and ok in System Configuration window. This will ask restart to take effect the Changes, Restart windows to Start at normal mode on next boot.

Also If clean boot Didn’t help To Fix Startup Issue we recommend To Boot Windows into Safe Mode ( Which Start windows into minimal System Requirement And Allow to perform troubleshooting steps to fix Different Startup problems. I hope after reading this post you can Easily perform a Clean boot to determine or fix different windows related problems on windows 10, 8.1 and 7. Also, Read Fix Potential Windows Update Database error detected 0x80070490.

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