How to Clean Boot Windows

By Erin McManaway

If your computer is having issues launching and running programs or is running slowly, you can use a "clean boot" method to help troubleshoot it. A clean boot allows the Windows operating system to launch without any additional programs or services running when you turn the computer on. This allows you to determine if computer issues are caused by a program or service that starts up when you boot the machine. You can configure a clean boot from the computer's System Configuration window.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button.

Step 2

Type "msconfig" in the search box, then press the "Enter" key on the keyboard. This will launch the computer's System Configuration window.

Step 3

Click the option next to "Selective startup" on the "General" tab.

Step 4

Remove the marks next to the "Load system services" and "Load startup items" options.

Step 5

Click the "OK" button and reboot the computer when prompted. This will restart the computer in a clean boot state.

Tips & Warnings

  • Return to the System Configuration window to change the boot settings once you have completed troubleshooting.