Category Archive: Windows Vista

Nov 09 2013

Clean Reboot for Windows

This is a method that I use very often to help me eliminate software conflicts. Troubleshooting Windows can sometimes be very difficult and therefor I use the Clean Reboot for Windows to stop all other applications like Antivirus software, system utilities and other software and services that start automatically when you startup Windows.

Doing a Clean Reboot for Windows means that you start Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista by using the minimal set of drivers and applications.

Here is the method to Clean Reboot Windows:

Windows 8: Swipe the right side of the screen and tap on SEARCH. In the Search Box type in MSCONFIG and tap on the MSCONFIG results on the left.
Windows 7: Click on START and in the Search Box, type MSCONFIG and press enter.

Search for msconfig in Windows 8










Go to the SERVICES tab and select the HIDE ALL MICROSOFT SERVICES check box and click DISABLE ALL.

System Configuration















Go to the STARTUP tab in SYSTEM CONFIGURATION dialog box and click OPEN TASK MANAGER.

Open Task Manager in msconfig







In TASK MANAGER, go to STARTUP and disable all startup items by selecting the item and then click on DISABLE.

Disable startup tasks in Task Manager



















Close TASK MANAGER and click on OK in the SYSTEM CONFIGURATION dialog box.
Then reboot your computer.

Your will have a Clean Reboot for Windows without all the additional services and applications running in the background. To troubleshoot your Windows, start to enable the services and processes one by one to determine which one is the culprit that causes the conflict or slowness of your computer.