How to Perform Clean Boot in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

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Most of the windows users are familiar with a word ‘Clean Boot‘. May be, Many users don’t know how to do it and what is it. When you open your PC, It also load some third-party startup items and services. But in clean boot state, Windows doesn’t load any thirdparty programs and services during startup. People prefer it to troubleshoot many windows problems specially BSOD.

When You Need Clean Boot:

If you face any advanced windows problems repeatedly, You may require to perform a clean boot. If any of third party programs or services is responsible for that problem, It will fix the problem or help you to find out the problematic program or service. Normally, We do it when we face blue screen of death errors.

How to Do Clean Boot:

You already know that a clean boot can help you a lot. Now, It’s time to know how to do it on your PC. It is not complex. Anyone can do it easily. I”ll show you the steps to do it. It will work on any versions of windows including windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7 etc.

Here are the steps –

Step 1: Opening System Configuration Window

  • Press Windows Flag Key + R to open RUN.

RUN MSCONFIG

  • Now, Type msconfig and press Enter. It will open your System Configuration window.

Step 2: Selective Startup

  • By default, You will be in General tab. There you will see Selective Startup. From it, Uncheck Startup Items. Make sure that load System services and Use original boot configuration are checked.

system config gen

Step 3: Disabling Third-Party Services

  • Now click on Services tab.
  • From there, Mark Hide all microsoft services. You will find it at the bottom of that window.
  • Now click on Disable all.

hiding ms service system config

  • Click on Apply and OK.
  • Then restart your computer.

It will keep your PC in clean boot state. It should fix your problem. But if you still think there is something wrong, You can uncheck Load system services and click on Apply & OK. Then restart your PC.

To return on normal boot, Just undo the changes you have done and restart your PC.

14 COMMENTS

  1. “If any of third party programs or services is responsible for that
    problem, It will fix the problem or help you to find out the problematic
    program or service. Normally, We do it when we face blue screen of
    death errors.”
    Thank you Mr. Kabir. I wonder how it will help the diagnosis. If a BSOD happens once a day then one may have to wait a long time to find out. Does the computer in clean boot actually give any prompts that guide diagnosis?

    • Hi, Thanks. It won’t prompt anything. But, You can enable services one by one and see which one is creating problem. You said “If BSOD happens once a day”. Yes, It is possible, In that case, Small minidump file can help you to identify which is causing that problem. But, It is not always possible to find out the problematic drivers or services by normal users like us.

      • I have the minidump file for the BAD_POOL_HEADER BSOD I had Friday and Saturday. It started the same day I installed my EndNote bibliography software without closing all other programs. Do you think that could cause it?

          • Having read through your instructions of ten steps to contend with that BSOD and tried a number of them, I finally resorted to a restore point (after a third BSOD on Sunday). I did not do a clean boot because I do not think I could diagnose it. Mainly, I wonder if the problem more likely resulted from some mistake I made or some fault in the software. I have read of people who still have this BSOD after reinstalling a new OS on a new computer. My computer is brand new and very up to date Win10. It seems like the next step would be to reinstall the OS. When this BSOD remains after reinstalling the OS what is its cause?

          • Well, I did a system restore back well before the first BSOD after I got my new computer Tuesday June 28th.. Now I just got another of the same BSOD. What do you think is causing the problem? I guess I will have to do a clean reinstall…

          • Hi, Sorry for late reply. Most of the time, Wireless/network drivers, antivirus programs and video cards are responsible for BSOD. If problem is your driver, Clean installation won’t work. Before doing clean reinstall, You can disable antivirus, update or rollback drivers. You are facing onlye BAD_POOL_HEADER blue screen error?

          • Thank you. I did the memory check but it is a brand new computer. That is the only BSOD, once a day. I am using the same drivers I used with my previous computer which was very similar. All drivers are very up to date. AVG security. I guess I’ll try clean install first and then get at the driver if necessary.

          • I think I solved the problem, and for any of your readers, the lesson I found is that the best Dell updater apps (I used both the Optimizer and the Command Update) do not necessarily give you the very latest updates. This driver was from November 2015 and the one fixing the BSOD (according to their technician) was dated June 2016. Thanks for your help.

          • Dell support informs me that the
            Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver and Management Console
            File Name:
            Serial-ATA_Driver_PFJ82_WN32_14.8.9.1053_A06.EXE
            causes the problem when not updated but I cannot find it by these descriptions in my device manager.

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