The “HOW TO PERFORM A CLEAN BOOT IN WINDOWS XP” tutorial describes how to use the System Configuration Utility to perform a clean boot, as a precursor to troubleshooting system problems.
This tutorial focuses on use of the utility to control the Windows configuration settings and the software automatically loaded when the system is booted, so as to enable the cause of problems to be diagnosed by a process of elimination (or to be more precise, a process of incremental inclusion!). The technique is particularly effective for startup problems but may also be used for any problem that is readily repeatable.
If your PC takes an inordinately long time to load, the tutorial also shows how to reduce this by using the System Configuration Utility to reduce the number of applications that are automatically launched at startup.
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