Clean boot vs safe mode in windows 10: differences and how to use each of them

As we use our computer we are installing updates, new drivers and, above all, programs. All this accumulates configurations in our computer, from applications that start at the beginning to services and scheduled tasks that, in the long run, can make our computer not work well. In case this happens there are several ways to recover the computer, for example, doing a clean boot or setting the safe mode. However, do we know what each of these options does?

Clean Start: the best way to detect potential problems when Windows works

When we turn on our computer, or restart it, by default the operating system will do a normal startup. Within this start it will load Windows, the drivers, the services and all the applications. This can cause that if something is malfunctioning, our PC does not work as it should.

Windows 10 Clean Boot, as the name suggests, is a special startup mode in which everything other than Windows is removed. In this way, all applications and all non-Windows services will be disabled, loading a clean version of the operating system.

If something was malfunctioning, by not loading Clean Start we can repair it, and even uninstall it from our computer.

In the following article we explain how to do a clean boot in Windows 10. When we want Windows to return to normal, we will simply mark the normal startup option again and that’s it.

Safe Mode: how to recover our computer when Windows does not start

If Windows does not start or does not work correctly (it crashes, or we cannot control it normally), surely Clean Start does not help us much. We may not even be able to launch it.

In that case we must resort to ” Safe Mode “. Windows 10 Safe Mode, formerly known as “Safe Mode “, is a special configuration of the operating system where Windows is loaded with minimal settings. Thus, we do not load any drivers or any third-party programs, nothing can influence the safe startup of Windows.

In the following manual we explain how to start Windows 10 in safe mode. When we no longer need it, we simply restart the normal computer to start a normal start again.

Safe Mode vs Clean Start: differences of the two modes

Although at first both modes may seem the same, and it is true that they have some similarities, they are actually two different things.

In the Clean Start we are loading Windows with our configurations and the drivers that we have installed. Windows, and all peripherals, are fully functional. the main difference is that all third-party applications, and non-Microsoft services, have been disabled. But the rest works everything.

Clean Start can help us when an application starts automatically on the PC and blocks it after a while, being able to disable it in order to uninstall it.

In Safe Mode, on the other hand, absolutely everything that is not essential for Windows startup is disabled. When we restart the computer in this mode we can see that the colors are limited, the resolution very small and, in addition, the black background with the Safe Mode letters around it. This mode is much more limited than Clean Start and it only loads the essential and most basic processes and drivers to start the PC, nothing more. Many apps don’t even work in this mode.

Safe Mode is the most basic mode of Windows. When something goes wrong (an installation, an update, or we get infected with a virus), this basic mode will help us find the cause of the problem and, incidentally, solve it.

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