How To: Diagnose Your PC with a Clean Boot

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Jwitmer

I was cheered intially when my "clean boot" enabled me to operate again at speed. However, after a while (about an hour) the system reverted to the S -- L-- O -- W -- S  again. Checking the msconfig, I discovere that the old "Load startups items" had been reinstated. How did that happen and how can I be sure it doesn't happen again?

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PhoneyVirus

The good old System Configuration Utility got to love it.

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Lord Kam

So what if the problem does persist after the clean restart?

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TheDorkSide

Sure a lot of us know about this little app but many new users/enthusiasts/closet geeks/whatever don't. I'm glad this is here, it's great tip to get your system starting up a little faster. I agree there should be more articles like this, maybe in a different section.

 

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strykyr

I would think that anyone who comes to this site would already know how to do this...

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s3th

Lol, well not everyone is good with everything  on a computer someone may be a gamer and not know anything about coding a game itself, a computer hardware engineer may be good at what he does, and not know how to even work a computer. Its logic :D lol... 

 

idk what Im sayin

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marshall834

Huh... I didn't and I've been a reader since 2003. Don't know why I didn't think about it though now that you mention it... Well anyway. I say its a good article and there should be more diagnosing articles like this one!

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strykyr

Yes there should be more diagnostic articles.  But this is one of the first trouble shooting steps Microsoft, Logitech, Creative Labs and ATI Put you through.  Notice that these are also the ones I have always had some sort of issue with too.  Creative Labs and ATI hardware just did NOT get along a few years back.  My Logitech MX for bluetooth combo won't let me use the wheel button in games if I have the logitech software installed.  They still say they don't know why...without the software it works perfectly.  Microsoft is just that..Microsoft(I do use Vista 64bit Ultimate with no issues).  That's why when I read this, I was like DUH!  If MaximumPC is going to do these types of articles I think they should be a little further in the troubleshooting process than this.  But at the same time I guess this could be useful as a starting point.  So good point marshall834

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marshall834

Ah ha. I guess that explains why I didn't know about this handy step. I don't think I've ever called tech fro support other than Patriot or Corsair, which didn't have anything to do with software. Also, on a side note, I did know about msconfig, and I have used it in the past to disable start up programs. I guess the thought of disabling all unneseccary software for use as a troubleshooting technique never dawned on me :p

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