How To Access Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options

Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options allow you to change certain settings that might solve problems you’re experiencing when booting up your Windows 10 system. Some of those problems might include but not limited to:

  • Slow boot performance in Windows 10
  • Services causing unwanted behavior in Windows 10
  • Enabling safe boot in Windows 10

And much more. However, if you’re interested in clean booting your device then we suggest you read this special article.

System Configuration

How to Access Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10

Accessing the Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10 is quite easy.

1. On your keyboard hit the Windows and R key at the same time, alternatively right-click the start menu and choose Run

2. Once the Run window appears type msconfig and hit enter, or click on OK.

MSConfig command in Run

3. The System Configuration tool should now appear.

That’s it. As you can see accessing the Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10 is quite easy. If you, however, need more help or something isn’t working for you, then feel free to comment below and we will do our best to help you!

What can you change in Advanced Startup Options?

The advanced startup option configuration tool (also called System Configuration) allows you to change how Windows 10 boots. For example, you can change the startup to; Normal (which loads all drivers and services), Diagnostic startup (Which only loads basic drivers and services, this could be handy to diagnose misbehaving services), and selective startup which allows you to choose if you want to load system services and startup item.

You can also change which services should start under the services tab. However, you should be quite careful that you never disable any service that belongs to Microsoft as this could potentially cause problems with booting your system. It should, however, be safe to disable any non-Microsoft service in the services tab.

If you want to go full diagnostic you could also change the advanced boot options under the boot tab and choose how many processors cores you want Windows to use, how much memory Windows is allowed to use and if you want to boot Windows 10 in Debug mode. We suggest that you be really careful with these options. If you don’t know what the name’s means, then don’t touch them is our suggestion.

Yuri Pustjens
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2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows
Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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