Power Button

Brink

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mvp
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How to Change Power Button Settings for the Start Menu and Case in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to change the function of the Computer Case and Start menu power buttons to either Do nothing, Sleep, Hibernate, or Shutdown when you press or click it.
How to Change Power Button Settings for the Start Menu and Case in Vista

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This will show you how to change the function of the Computer Case and Start menu power buttons to either Do nothing, Sleep, Hibernate, or Shutdown when you press or click it.

EXAMPLE: Normal Start Menu Power buttons
SHUTDOWN ------- SLEEP or HIBERNATE
Shutdown.jpgSleep_Hibernate.jpg
EXAMPLE: Classic Start Menu Shutdown button
NOTE:
This will not change what the Shutdown button says in the Classic Start menu, but it will change what the default action (Sleep or Shutdown) is for the Shutdown window after you click on Shutdown.
Classic_Start_Menu.jpg
ShutDown_Default.jpg
Sleep_Default.jpg



Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (Classic View)
2. Click on the Power Options Icon.​
3. Click on the Change plan settings under the Power Plan you have dotted. (See screenshot below)​
Power plan.jpg

4. Click on Change advanced power settings. (See screenshot below)​
Edit_Plan.jpg

5. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable. (See screenshot below)​
6. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
Power_Options2.jpg

7. Click + for Power buttons and lid. (See screenshot below step 9)​
8. For the Computer Case Power Button
A) Click + for Power button Action
B) Click on Setting: and click on the drop down arrow.​
C) Choose the action you want the Case Power Button to do when pressed.​
NOTE: Your options will be Do nothing, Sleep, Hibernate, or Shut down.​

9. For the Start Menu Power Button
NOTE: See the examples at the top of the tutorial.​
A) Click + for Start menu power button.​
B) Click on Setting: and click on the drop down arrow.​
C) Click on the action you want the Start menu power button to do when clicked on.​
NOTE: Your options will be Sleep, Hibernate (not for Classic), or Shut down.​
Power Options.jpg
NOTE: Make sure that your power plan is shown under the title bar. It is easy to accidentally change it with the mouse scroll wheel.

10. Click on OK.​
11. Close window from step 4 above.​
That's it,
Shawn



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ggbib

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Ya, I wish tho that I could make that button on start menu 'restart' as the power button on the case works fine for that.

I really like having lock, sleep and hibernation missing, makes it almost impossible to miss restart on the drop down menu. Here's how it looks now:

ggbib_Start_Menu_Power_Button.jpg
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hi ggbib,

For the Sleep or Hibernate options, check to make sure that it is setup properly in Step Two of this tutorial.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/63567-power-options-sleep-mode-problems.html

and

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/63567-power-options-sleep-mode-problems.html#post317574


For the Lock and Switch User options, check to make sure that they are enabled in these tutorials.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/89939-fast-user-switching.html

and

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/120510-lock-switch-user-add-remove.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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under power options advanced settings there is a line that says "change settings that are currently unavailable." My computer doesnt say this, there is nothing there so I cant get to the other options. My os is Vista Home Premium x64. I would like to be able to change settings but it just wont work.

Jeremy
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hello Jeremy,

Are you logged on to an administrator account when trying to see this? I do not believe you will see it from within a Standard account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Lumia 1520 phone
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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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    16 GB DDR4-2133
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
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It says i am in a admin account. I went ahead and created another admin account and the "change settings that are currently unavailible" shows up. I want to have this control, but my one account that isnt working has all my settings and files. I tried the elevate admin level and that did nothing. Is there something else I could try? Can I take all my settings and files and put them on the new admin account that has access?

It also wont let me change this account to a standard account. That option simply isnt there for this account. Also the UAC is on but I get absolutely no "pop ups" asking me if it is okay to do certain things. I kind of like this but i would like the more controls also.

Any other ideas?

Jeremy
 
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  • CPU
    AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core (2.5GHz)
    Motherboard
    Asus AM2, nFORCE 560 M2N-SLI
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    3838MB RAM DDR2 800
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce 9800GT
    Sound Card
    Built in C-Media CM6501
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    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
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    Case
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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Jeremy,

It sounds like you are in the built-in Administrator account. Does it have the exact name of Administrator? You will not have UAC bugging you or that option in Power Options in this account since everything you do is already elevated to allow you to do it.

Nothing to worry about. This is normal while logged on to the built-in Administrator account. For example, the option to Require a password on wakeup yes/no is normally grayed out until you click on the Change settings that are currently unavaiable link. You should be able to make this change.

Shawn
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
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    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
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