How to Repair Windows Start Up in Debugging Mode

by Garrett Genet

Debugging mode for Windows is a way for system administrators to determine system problems by creating system breaks, and directly looking at kernel information. While debugging mode is not necessary to repair startup problems, it does disable some drivers, which could be causing problems when the system starts up. Navigating in debugging mode is nearly identical to normal Windows operation and you can access the same startup tools to fix your issues.

Restart your computer.

Press "F8" on your keyboard when you see the list of operating systems.

Select "Debugging Mode" using the arrow keys, and press "Enter."

Log in to an administrative account once Windows finishes booting.

Open your "Start" menu, and click "Run."

Type "msconfig," and press "Enter."

Select the "Startup" tab. Here you will see all the services that automatically start with Windows. Uncheck the services that you suspect are causing a problem. If you're not sure, select "Disable all," then click "OK" to save your settings.

Use these steps to enable each service one by one until you discover the one causing the problem.

Tip

  • check Most startup problems will be detected by Windows. The system will automatically launch "Startup Repair" the next time your computer restarts.

About the Author

Hailing from upstate New York, Garrett Genet has been writing articles from tech to health to entertainment since 2001. He's been published in the "Worcester Telegram & Gazette" and websites like "digg.com" and "slashdot.org". Genet has a degree in network security & system administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.