Shutdown Options - Start Menu

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How to Remove or Show the Start Menu Shutdown Options in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to remove or show the Shut Down , Restart , Sleep , and Hibernate options from the Start menu and the red power button in the Windows Security screen when you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
How to Remove or Show the Start Menu Shutdown Options in Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to remove or show the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate options from the Start menu and the red power button in the Windows Security screen when you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
Note   Note
This will also enable or disable the Shut Down Windows screen when you press ALT+F4. For more on this, see: How to Shutdown, Restart, Switch User, Log Off, Sleep, or Lock Vista from the Keyboard

EXAMPLE: Start Menu Shutdown Options Before and After
Before.jpg After.jpg
EXAMPLE: Ctrl+Alt+Del Shutdown Options Before and After
NOTE:
Notice the red shutdown options box is gone when this is enabled.

Default_Ctrl+Alt+Del.jpg After_Ctrl+Alt+Del.jpg




METHOD ONE
Through the Local Group Policy Editor

NOTE: This method is only available for the Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. See Method Two below for the Vista Home Basic and Home Premium editions.
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.​
2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below)​
Group_Policy.jpg

3. In the right pane, right click on Remove and prevent access to the Shutdown, Restart,Sleep, and Hibernate commands and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)​
4. To Show Shutdown Options
A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5A)​
B) Go to step 6.​

5. To Remove Shutdown Options
A) Select (dot) Enabled and click on OK.​
NOTE: You can still access the Restart, Sleep, and Shutdown options when you click on Switch User or Log Off from the Start menu. They will be in the red power button options in the bottom right corner of the logon screen.
Properties.jpg

6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done.​




METHOD TWO
Using a REG File Download

NOTE: This method will work for all Vista versions.
1. To Remove Shutdown Options
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Remove_Shutdown_Options.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Show Shutdown Options
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Show_Shutdown_Options.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
7. When done, you can delete the .reg file if you like.​




METHOD THREE
Manually in Registry Editor

NOTE: This method will work for all Vista versions.
1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5B)​
NOTE: If you do not have Explorer, then right click on Polices and click on New and Key. Type Explorer and press Enter.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

5. To Remove Shutdown Options
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value, then type NoClose and press Enter.​
B) Right click on NoClose and click on Modify.​
Explorer_Key.jpg

C) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify.jpg

6. To Show Shutdown Options
A) In the right pane, right click on NoClose and click on Delete. (See screenshot below step 5B)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.​
C) In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

D) In the right pane, repeat steps 6A and 6B if NoClose is there to.​
HKLM_Reg.jpg

7. Close regedit.​
8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

Hi there,

Firstly I'd like to say thanks for all your guides... They are all so easy to follow and very well written.

Secondly - Can this policy be applied to a specific user (like my childs account) or a group of users(all standard accounts) or must it apply to all? I would also lick to remove the "lock" button on specific accounts if that's possible too?
 
You welcome Fugly, and welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Sorry, these policies get applied to all user accounts on the computer. :(

It would be nice to be able to apply them to a specific user account instead.

Shawn
 
This method won't work for me. I'm not sure why. My situation is, when I press Ctrl+Alt+Del the shutdown option from the power button (lower right corner of the screen) display everything (shutdown, restart, hibernate, etc).

However, when it come to the start menu. Those option (after click the little right icon) are gone.
 
Hi Wvit,

Did you use Method One or Two?

Method One with the Group Policy should work immediately.

Shawn
 
i followed the directions with vista home premium. MEthod 2. I used your reg file and tried doing it manually neither works..
 
Hello Uniqst3r,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

What exactly is the problem that you are having with the shutdown options?

Did you want them to be removed or shown?

Have you restarted the computer afterwards?

Shawn
 
I would like the options to show. I did everything in this thread for vista home premium and restarted but to no avail. I'm still stuck w/o shutdown restart or even hibernate option (yes I tried powercfg / hibernate on)
 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
I've been here and there isn't a no close option there..
also went to hkey current user and then all the way to explorer. there is not any no close option anywhere.

I still do not see sleep/shutdown/restart/hibernate.
I did follow powercfg /hibernate on and enable hibernate in advanced power settings. But it still refuses to show
 
ok i did the noclose option and i did the powercfg -h on they oth did not work and for some reason now i cant use "run" if there is any way u can help i wud owe u one for the rest of my life Thxz
 
Hi xslydarkx, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Ok, first things first. Can you post back more details on what exactly your problem is? It can help determine what to do for a solution. I am assuming that you are missing your shutdown options. Any error messages?
 
I would like to REMOVE only the Sleep, as I have already gotten rid of Hibernation.
I want to still be able to "Reboot and Shut down".
What do I need to do the remove only Sleep?
 
Hi Pixelroom, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you are confortable in the registry, then open regedit and click on Edit (menu bar) and click on Find. Type in NoClose and click on Find Next. Right click on any NoClose entry it finds and click Delete, then Yes to confirm. Click on Edit and Find Next, then repeat the above until it says it is finished.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
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