This post shows students and new users the steps to get started with a clean boot in Windows 11. A clean boot starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and startup programs so that you can rule out other conflicting third-party programs and services and make your computer unstable.

A clean boot is similar to starting Windows in safe mode, but it gives you more control over what services and programs run at startup to help you isolate the cause of a problem.

The best way to troubleshoot Windows is to isolate and contain the program or service that causes your computer to behave this way, and one way to do that is to boot Windows with only its critical services. If a critical Windows service is causing the program, you may need to restart your Windows computer.

The process and steps may seem complicated, but if you follow it below, you may be able to get your computer working again.

How to clean boot Windows 11

As mentioned above, a clean boot will start Windows 11 with a minimal set of startup drivers and programs so that you can rule out other conflicting third-party programs and services that make your computer unstable.

You must be logged in as an administrator to perform a clean boot in Windows 11.

When you’re ready, click the Start Menu, then search Task Manager and select the Task manager app below Best match.

Alternatively, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open the Task Manager.

search task manager in windows 11

Then select More details if it shows. Below Home tab, for each startup item, select the item and then select Deactivate.

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disable all startup programs

When you’re done, your Home tab should look similar to the one shown below.

windows 11 disable startup applications

Close the Task Manager.

Then click the Start button again and type msconfig and select System configuration From the results.

system settings windows 11

Once the System Settings application opens, in the Services tab System configuration, Select Hide all Microsoft servicesand then select Disable all.

windows 11 disable msconfig services

When you’re done, select okay. When you restart your computer, you are in a clean boot environment.

reboot Windows 11 clean boot

This is how a clean boot is done in Windows 11.


In this tutorial we have seen how to perform a clean boot in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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