This article explains the step-by-step procedure to do a clean boot of you Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 OS. This procedure can only be performed by users with Admin rights on the PC.

What is Clean Boot

Clean boot is a process to disable all Third Party Services and Software, and only using minimal set of Drives and Startup Items.

Why Clean Boot your OS

Consider a scenario that when you turn your PC on and you you don’t get the PC to work normally. You are not sure on what’s causing the issue. You start your PC in the Safe Mode and all you no longer see that issue. Here is when you are  suggested to perform a clean boot, to troubleshoot or identify issues with your PC. This process disables all third party services and doesn’t start any of the startup item. Hence it helps in understanding the issues. You should first start with clean boot and if that works better for you, then reverse the procedure by enabling the services and startup item one by one and identify what’s causing the issue.

How to do a Clean Boot on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

Note: Ensure that you are logged in as an Administrator on the PC. Also consider that some functionalities of your PC may not work. Once you reboot your PC normally again, all the functionalities, and errors (if any) will be back as well.

1. Move you Mouse Cursor to the top right corner of the screen, or swipe in from the right edge of the screen (for Touchscreen Monitors) and then tap or click on Search.

Windows 8 Safe Mode

2. Type msconfig.exe and then tap or click on application from the search result (as shown in mange)

Windows 8 Safe Mode

3. Go to Services Tab of the System Configuration window. Click on Hide all Microsoft services, than click on Disable all, and finally click on Apply.

Windows 8 Safe Mode

4. Now go to Startup Tab and then click Open Task Manager.


5. Ensure that you are on Startup Tab within the Task Manager window and than highlight each item and click on Disable.

Windows 8 Safe Mode

6. Close Task Manager and click on OK to close System Configuration dialog box. Restart your PC.

How to get your PC back to normal mode

Now that you are probably done fixing the issue in hand, you may want to bring your computer back to normal mode.

  • Open the System Configuration again via msconfig.exe (just like you did above)
  • On the General tab, click on Normal Startup

Windows 8 Safe Mode

  • Go to Services Tab, check Hide all Microsoft Services, and click on Enable all
  • Go to Startup tab, then Click on Open Task Manager, and enable all Startup items here and then click or tap on OK.
  • Click on Ok to close the System Configuration dialog box and restart the computer.
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