How to Get Into Safe Mode on an HP Desktop

By Kefa Olang

Updated September 28, 2017

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Windows computers come with Safe Mode--an area of your operating system that is generally used for troubleshooting and repair purposes. Safe Mode allows a very limited number of drivers and services to run--only the basic components need to start Windows function. Safe Mode allows you to repair drivers or programs, or remove malicious parasites such as viruses. Getting to Safe Mode on an HP Desktop is a quick and simple process.

Unplug all hardware connected to your computer. Remove CDs or DVDs from the CD/DVD-ROM drive. Click the Windows "Start" menu and select the "Lock" icon. Select "Restart" from the pop-up menu to restart your computer.

Press and hold the "F8" before Windows resumes or displays its logo. This launches the Advanced Boot Options screen. If you do not see this screen, restart your computer and press the "F8" key again.

Scroll down the Advanced Boot Options screen and select the "Safe Mode" option you want to use, then press "Enter." Select "Safe Mode with networking" if you want to use your network connection while your computer is in Safe Mode. Select "Safe Mode with command prompt" if you want to use the command prompt.

Type your Windows password and click "OK" to log on to Safe Mode.