Today we are going to answer the most important question concerning the topic of Clean Boot. What is it? How can you perform it? Is there a difference between Clean Boot State and Safe Mode in Windows 10/8/7? Most users know or least have heard about Safe Mode in Windows. You can enter it by pressing the specified key (usually F8) while your computer is booting after a restart. This Safe Mode is a version of your system only with a minimal configuration of drivers and available services that needed to run Windows. 

Clean Boot State

Clean Boot State is different from Safe Mode as it is used for diagnostics and troubleshooting complex Windows problems. For example, when you cannot start your PC as usual, or you get an unidentifiable error after your turn your computer on. Clean Boot was developed exactly for such scenarios. 

Should you start your PC in the clean boot state, you will have access only to a limited set of programs and a few pre-selected drivers. Due to this, some programs and applications might not work as intended in this mode.

Clean Boot allows a troubleshooter expert to isolate and detect a performance problem faster. Clean Boot is an advanced tool, so before you can run it and start troubleshooting, you need to perform a number of actions. When everything is prepared, you just restart your computer and wait. Components should be disabled one by one to pinpoint the faulty item. When you have your culprit, remove it and examine it. 

How to perform Clean Boot?

Now let’s talk about the procedure itself. First, you need to go to the Start menu and type msconfig. Open it from the search. When you are in the System Configuration Utility menu, go to the General tab and look for Selective Startup. Now make sure that “Load System Services” and “Use Original boot configuration” options are checked.

System Configuration

Now open the Services tab. Check the box near the “Hide All Microsoft Services” option, then select Disable all.

Boot State

Apply the changes made and reboot your PC. After a restart, your Windows will boot in a Clean Boot State. 

We hope that this clean boot helped you to deal with the problem. If not, then try to uncheck the “Load System Services” option in the General tab and restart your computer after applying these changes.  

To get your operating system back to the standard startup state, just undo the changes made.