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How to: Clean Boot Windows 8/8.1/10

Clean Boot means starting up the system with only windows services loaded and the default programs needed for functioning of the system. With time; there can be a number of programs and services that can automatically integrate itself into starting up automatically, even though they are not really needed. Most users are not aware of this; and this eats up CPU, MEMORY and the DISK which results in un-necessary high utilization of resources that slows down the system, and increase the CPU temperature.

Clean Booting also comes handy when troubleshooting HIGH USAGE issues; i always recommend doing a clean boot once every two months. Your start-up programs will build up again with time. Think of it as “scaling of your system (teeths) every six months as recommended by the doctor”.

Clean Booting a Windows 10 Computer

Hold the Windows Key and press R;


In the run dialog that opens up type msconfig and click OK

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This will load system configuration window. From here; choose the Services Tab, then put a check on Hide All Microsoft Services and select Disable All.

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Then Click Apply, and Click OK. It will prompt you to restart; choose Restart Later. Hold Windows Key and Press R again; then type msconfig and click OK. This time when the System Configuration dialog box opens; choose Start Up and select Open Task Manager. From this pane; look at the last field called Start-Up Impact; and disable all the ones with High Impact. You can disable it by right clicking on it and choosing Disable. This only disables them from automatically starting up when the compute reboot; so you can still start them up normally, and re-enable it later if you it to be started up automatically via same steps as above, instead of choosing disable; you choose Enable.

Once this is done; reboot your system and it will start up in the clean boot mode.


  1. Possible. Can you hold the shift key at the login screen, and choose restart (by pressing the power icon) and then choose restart, once it boots into advanced mode, choose start up settings and boot into safe mode, then enable all services and start-up entries from msconfig and (reboot) back into normal mode and then test

  2. I have tried this and it hangs after I hit apply. Left the laptop for hours and checked again it is “not responding”
    Finally gave up and went for a restart and now that screen is just going around and around. Any ideas why the clean boot doesn’t work?

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How to: Clean Boot Windows 8/8.1/10

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