A Hardware Clean Boot is different from the usual Clean Boot State. The hardware components that are not necessary for a system to run are disabled in the Device Manager.

To perform a Hardware Clean Boot, press Win+R to open the Run window. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open the Device Manager.

Once you have done this, you have to disable the drivers for the following devices by right clicking them and selecting the option to disable them.

  1. Display Adapters.
  2. DVD/CD-ROM drives.
  3. Modems
  4. Ports
  5. Sound, video and game controllers.
  6. Network Adapters.
  7. USB Devices and controller. Disable it only if you are NOT using USB/Wireless Mouse or Keyboard.

This helps you troubleshoot and identify fault or problematic hardware on your Windows system.