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How to Clean Boot Windows XP
Sometimes you need to start up Windows XP clean. By clean, we mean no extra services, no extra "start up" applications, nothing extra at all except what Windows XP needs to start up. You can use this clean boot to delete files that say that they're "in use" when you try to delete them, or install programs that will fix problems you're having when you boot normally. Remember, booting clean is for troubleshooting and fixing - it's not for running your day to day computing:
Click Start and then click the Run command. In the Run dialog box, type msconfig in the Open text box and click OK.
On the General tab, select the Selective Startup option. Remove the checkmarks from the Process SYSTEM.INI, Process WIN.INI, and Load Startup Items checkboxes.
Click on the Services tab. Put a checkmark in the Hide All Microsoft Services checkbox. Then click the Disable All button. This disables all non-Microsoft services. If a Microsoft service is causing the problem, it won't disable that service and won't fix the problem.
Click Apply and then click OK. In the System Configuration dialog box, click the Restart button.
Logon to the system. You'll see a System Configuration Utility dialog box. Click OK. Move the dialog box off to the side and make the changes you need to make. Then click on the General tab and then select the Normal Startup - load all device drivers and services option.
Click Apply and then click Close. Click the Restart button in the System Configuration dialog box.
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