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How to Clean Boot Windows 10 and Windows 8

There are multiple reason why you want to clean boot Windows. Perhaps to troubleshoot problems you might have with Windows Update, or with playing a game. No matter what the reason, disabling all non-Microsoft services can in many cases help you solve your problems.

This tutorial will show you how to Clean Boot Windows 10 and Windows 8.

How to Clean Boot

1. Begin by typing “msconfig” in the Cortana Search Box and then click on MSConfig (Run Command)
Or on your keyboard press the Windows + R key at the same time and type Msconfig in the run window, then click on OK or hit enter.

2. Now choose Selective Start-up

3. Remove the check from Load Startup Items

4. Click on the Services tab

5. Check “Hide all Microsoft Services” and then click on Disable All

6. Click on Apply and then on OK.

A message will appear that you need to restart your system, do this, you will notice that in many cases Windows will boot a lot faster. This is normal since many services that used to run before now, no longer run.

Animated: How to Clean boot Windows 10
Animated: How to Clean boot Windows 10

How to Disable Clean Boot?

It’s the same as how to clean boot, only then you check the boxes, and click on Enable All on step 5.


Did Clean Boot solve your problem?

Then a service is causing your issue, I suggest you turn on 5 services at a time, reboot and then see if the problem reappears, keep repeating this until you find a group of 5 services, which are causing this issue, then check the one by one, till you find the one which is causing your issue. Please be aware that this is quite time consuming.


  • cdrshepard September 28, 2017

    The issue that makes me want to do a clean boot is large amounts of missing text in nearly every default microsoft application, including windows explorer and apparently msconfig. I thought I should be able to feel out the steps with the .gif provided in the article, but my msconfig apparently lacks the ‘hide all ms services’ box and thus I cannot tell which services are which. Still unsure how to solve this.

  • Kaare Kolnes June 21, 2017

    I followed all points above , but after point 6, no message appears on the screen asking to restart? Can I just restart normally?

  • Francesco March 17, 2016

    Hi Yuri, please can you help me? it seems like a miracle to fix this problem, everywhere I search, it doesn’t work…
    I have got win 10 on my machine x64. It is about a error 1935, more exactly about this message that appear when I try to install c++2005 SP1 redistributable:

    “Error 1935. An error occured during the installation of assembly. Microsoft.VC80.MFC.type=’win32′.version=’8.0.50727.4053′,publickeyToken=’1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b”,processorArchitecture=”x86″”

    please have you ever seen this one? do you know how to fix it definitely? many thanKs, Francesco

  • Timo February 25, 2016

    Hello, i did a clean boot on windows 10 to debug an issue. Now that it’s solved I wanted to reset everything as before. The instructions state :
    “tick the checkbox for “normal boot” on the general tab”. Ok. Fine
    “click on ‘enable all’ button on the services tab”. But when I open the services tab the “enable all” button is greyed out. I see a list of all services. Some running, some stopped. All have a checkbox in front of them which is checked. As soon as I clear any of these checkboxes, the “enable all” button becomes active. So how is this supposed to work??? do I have to uncheck all services that are running and than click enable all? Or clear all checkboxes for all services? Not clear how this works…


  • Ursula November 1, 2015

    Thanks this seems to have fixed my issue

  • Russell Farley October 11, 2015

    The Clean Boot procedure seems to have stopped the WerFault.exe error popups. I moved from Windows 7 to W 10 about 3 months ago, but never had any WerFault popups until just about a week ago. (Didn’t add any new software; don’t know what I could have done to cause it.) Anyway, I hope I’m not masking something I need to see, but at this point, I’ll take NOT having to deal with these popups all the time. Oh yeah… Sometimes, I could just reboot my PC, and there wouldn’t be any more WerFault.exe error popups. It’s like it “caught” that time. But, the next day (I always give my PC a Shutdown rest at night), the popup would likely resurface. Thanks for your help!!!! Russell in KC.

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