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HP Stream 7 Stuck in Safe Mode

This was a problem that I came across earlier today. I wanted to test something in Safe Mode on my Stream 7, but once the tablet rebooted, I had no touch screen to enter my password.

Safe Mode loads with basic drivers, which meant that didn’t have touch screen or Bluetooth drivers loaded. This also meant that I was stuck in safe mode with no way to load into the OS to change back to normal mode.

My Solution:

Unfortunately, Windows 8 offers no readily available solution for this problem and the solution I used requires an OTG cable and a USB keyboard.

Fortunately, I had an OTG cable in my car, and a USB keyboard at the office.

After plugging in the keyboard through the OTG cable, I could put in my password and log into windows.

From there, it’s Windows key + R to bring up MSCONFIG, and then on the Boot tab, deselecting Safe Mode and clicking OK.

Sorry there isn’t an easier solution for Stream 7 owners stuck in Safe Mode.

Dolphin Emulator on HP Stream 7? Don’t bother.


The Dolphin Emulator project is brilliant effort by a team of programmers who have taken the Nintendo Wii and ported it to the PC, Linux, and Mac via emulation.

As someone who is interested in Stream 7 gaming, you might be tempted to download the Dolphin Emulator to your Stream 7 to try some Gamecube or Wii emulation. Well, if you did this, not only would you likely be violating some copyright laws, you would also be wasting your time.

The Stream 7 does not run games in the Dolphin Emulator at a frame rate remotely considered to be good or smooth. In fact, the whole emulation slows to a crawl and the games are not just chunky, but slow. The whole game slows down to try to allow the meager specs of the Stream 7 to process the game engine and emulator.

It may be possible to run some very light Gamecube games on the Stream 7, but a test with Luigi’s Mansion and F-Zero GX proved that the Stream 7 is not cut out for mid-grade console emulation. Should you insist on using your Stream 7 for emulating consoles, you’ll want to stick to earlier generations.