To start your computer at a command prompt


Print these instructions before continuing. They will not be available after you shut your computer down in step 2.


Click Start, click Shut Down, and then, in the drop-down list, click Shut down


In the Shut Down Windows dialog box, click Restart, and then click OK.


When you see the message Please select the operating system to start, press F8.


Use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Command Prompt, and then press ENTER.


If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot system, choose the installation that you need to access using the arrow keys, and then press ENTER.


NUM LOCK must be off before the arrow keys on the numeric keypad will function.

Related Topics

Command-line reference A-Z

Start the computer using the last known good configuration

Startup options

Start the computer in safe mode

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