Windows 7 - Start Menu Power Button Missing 'Shut down', 'Sleep'

Hello everyone,

My Start Menu Power Button is missing the 'Shut down' and 'Sleep' options.   All it displays is 'Lock', 'Log off' and 'Switch user' (greyed out).  I have searched for the Internet for solutions and tried *everything* recommended to get it back including:


- right-clicking the Power Button and changing properties

- changing options in Control Panel Power application

- editing Registry setting for Start Menu Power Button

- using Group Editor to change option for Start Menu Power Button

- checked all my system files for being ok


I've been smart about doing these things and have always returned settings to default afterwards.


Other observations:

-the Power Button on the main Windows Login screen *does* have these options

-when using Control Panel Power App., I'm not even given the option of changing the Start Menu Power Button


I'm using Windows 7, 64 bit, Professional on an Phenom II, X4 4 GB system.


HELP!!  I'm a first time poster and am completely stumped. 




Minnesota Bob


I solved the problem.  It turns out that there were two (2) Group Policy changes that needed to be made.  Here is what to do (some steps copied from Microsoft article)


Click Start, Run.
Type gpedit.msc and click OK.
Navigate to the following path:
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar
Double-click "Remove and Prevent Access to the Shut Down command"
Select "Disabled"

Double-click "Change Start Menu power button"

Select "Enabled"

Choose "Shutdown"


If you don't want to go through these steps, creating a new user account will work as well.  Of course, then you need to transfer all of your settings from the old user account.

Minnesota Bob

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Last updated May 2, 2021 Views 71,433 Applies to: