Windows 7 Safe Mode
This document pertains to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 7.
Safe Mode is a diagnostic mode that allows you to use Windows with basic drivers. No extra software is loaded, so troubleshooting software and driver problems is much easier.
NOTE:In Safe Mode, Windows might look different, because Safe Mode uses a low graphics mode (VGA at 16 colors) for the display. Also, the words Safe Mode appear in the four corners of the screen.
Choose one of the options below to start the computer in Safe Mode.
View a video on entering Safe Mode from Windows 7
Entering Safe Mode at startup
Use the following steps to start Windows 7 in Safe Mode when the computer is off:
- Turn on the computer and immediately begin pressing the F8 key repeatedly.
- From the Windows Advanced Options Menu, use the arrow keys to select Safe Mode, and press ENTER.The computer will automatically exit Safe Mode when it is shut down.
Entering Safe Mode from Windows 7
Use the following steps to start Windows in Safe Mode from the Windows desktop:
- Click Start , and type msconfig into the Search box. Click msconfig.If prompted, type the Administrator password or provide confirmation.The System Configuration tool displays.
- Click the Boot tab.
- Under Boot options, click Safe boot and select Minimal.
- Click Apply, and then click OK.
- When prompted, click Restart.The computer starts in Safe Mode.
- When you have finished troubleshooting, exit Safe Mode by opening the System Configuration tool again. On the General tab of the System Configuration window, select Normal startup and click OK.