how can I use Windows 8 to shut down or power off an HP Pavilion laptop?

Hello and Afternoon  Morning Everyone,

              I almost feel silly having to ask this upcoming question, but, I am really stuck on this technical issue.  Basically, I can not figure out how to shut down an HP Pavilion laptop running Windows 8.  At the sign on screen, I only see two icons in the lower right-hand corner, namely, a wireless icon and an ease of access icon.  On the left- hand side, there is the date and time, but, nothing else.  Should I see an icon somewhere to shut down or power off the Windows 8.0 operating system?   Of course, I can merely press and hold down the power button until it shuts off too.  However, I thought it would be safer with respect to potential data damage to any system files to simply shut down the laptop through Windows 8.0.

              In closing, thank you in advance for any attention and suggestions given in reply to this concern.  I look forward to receiving everyone's feedback.

              Thank you

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try this from HP Support to add a shutdown button.

Consider upgrading to Windows 10.  All you need comes in Windows 10.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi John,

          Thank you for your link.  I should have given a little bit of history about this situation upfront.  Basically, my friend is unable to log into the Windows 8 desktop environment due to a forgotten password.  While we are in the process of securing a new temporary password from Microsoft, I am still needing to shut the HP Pavilion laptop down until we can intervene further.  Would it be ok to just simply press and hold the power button until it shuts down?

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes, you can hold down the power button and it will shut down. Be sure to hold it down until that happens as a short hold down may simply suspend the machine.

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi George,
Pressing the Power button may or may not depends on the Power settings. For example, here's a W8.1 system where the Power button is configured to do nothing:

power button w8
That system will not shut down when you press the Power button.

To do a proper shutdown via software, click the power symbol on your Start screen (pointed to by my red arrow below:

w8 start screen power
As you can see, after clicking it, one of the choices will be Shut down.

Btw, if you hate the W8 interface as I do, you should consider using Classic Shell on it:
Make Windows 8 Look Like Earlier Versions of Windows with Classic Shell

Same is true for W10:
Make Windows 10 Look Like Earlier Versions of Windows with Classic Shell

I use Classic Shell on all my W8 and W10 computers to give it the W2k UI (you may also give it the W7 UI). Regards, Joe
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to log in to do that and George says he cannot log in
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Thanks...I missed that. I also missed that George said, "I can merely press and hold down the power button until it shuts off too." That means that the power options on that system are set like this:

power button w8 shut down
When the Power button is configured to Shut down (which it obviously is, as noted above), it is safe to use it...just as safe as a proper software shut down, as far as I know (it likely calls the same shut down code in Windows). I still think you should put Classic Shell on it for your friend. :) Regards, Joe
noxchoProduct ManagerCommented:
By longer holdig of power button you can turn off the laptop with no difference if is configured to turn off in power settings or not. The settings in Power settings affect only the short press of power button.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> The settings in Power settings affect only the short press of power button.

Thanks for that tip, noxcho...I didn't know that! Regards, Joe
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
True the above, but if not configured (and often that is the case) then necessary to hold down.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

          Thank you for your excellent feedback.  I certainly did enjoy going over everyone's answers.  I resolved this situation by simply pressing and holding the power button down until it shut off as recommended by John.  Unfortunately, that was the only way of shutting down the laptop under the given circumstances.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you for the update.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, George. Was an interesting thread...learned some things along the way! Regards, Joe
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