How to Remove Shut Down, Sleep, Hibernate, and Restart from Start Menu

In this post, you’ll learn how to remove Shut Down, Sleep, Hibernate, and Restart options from your Start menu, login screen, Power user menu, and Windows security screen.

By removing these options, you prevent users from shutting down, restarting, and hibernating the PC. Additionally, you prevent them from putting the system to sleep.

Here are the different methods for completing this task. Pick the one you prefer.

Method #1

Launch local group policy editor.

Navigate to the Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

Then double-click “Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands” in the right pane.

Select Enabled.

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Note: To add them, follow the above steps, but select Not Configured or Disabled.

Method #2

Launch Registry Editor. I suggest a Registry backup before continuing.

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter HidePowerOptions as a name and then press the Enter key.

Double-click it and enter 1 (to remove) or 0 (to add) in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button.

That’s it.

Note: You can also add them by removing the DWORD you created earlier.


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