[Tip] Clean boot Windows 10 with startup items disabled

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When Windows runs too slow, crashes, causes errors or behaves in other unusual ways, performing a system boot with startup items and third-party services disabled can help you find out if the problems are caused by certain apps or you should be looking elsewhere. It is possible to boot Windows 10 with startup items disabled so you can quickly analyze the situation.

Technically, it’s not a “clean” boot, but it doesn’t have third-party services or apps running, so at the very least you can find out if one of them was causing problems or it’s a system-related issue.

How to clean boot Windows 10 with startup items disabled

clean boot Windows 10 with startup items disabled

Press the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog and type “msconfig” without quotes in the text field then hit the OK button.

clean boot Windows 10 with startup items disabled

This will open the System Configuration window. In the General tab, uncheck the “Load startup items” option.

clean boot Windows 10 with startup items disabled

Then, go to the Services tab and check the box next to “Hide all Microsoft services”. After that, the list will only show third-party services. Click the “Disable all” option and then OK.

At this point, you can restart Windows 10 with all third-party startup items and services disabled. Once you figure out the problem you can revert to the default startup by visiting the System Configuration window and selecting “Normal startup”.

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