Remove or Disable Shutdown option from Start Menu of Windows 10

Question: How the shutdown option can be removed or disable from the start menu on Windows 10.

Solution: Group Policy or Registry Editor 🙂

Using Group Policy Editor:

To remove the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands from the Start menu and from the screen that is displayed after pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete:

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor (run gpedit in the Command prompt).
  2. Go to: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
  3. Set “Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands” to Enabled

It does not prevent users from:

  • Running other programs that perform these functions.
  • For example in the Command prompt they can run: shutdown /s to shutdown the computer or shutdown /r to restart the computer.
  • Log off from Windows and then shutdown or restart the computer.

The Group Policy Editor is available only in Pro, Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10, and not in Windows 10 Home.

Using Registry Editor:

Click on Start Menu and Type regedit or Press Win + R and type regedit to open Registry Editor.

Goto:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Start\HideShutDown

Open the key that says value and change it to 1.

Your Shutdown option is now removed for everyone, but all other options are still there. This includes the sign on screen, and Alt+Ctrl+Del screen.

Change it to 0 to bring it back.

This just removes the menu options, wont prevent shutdowns from users with the policy to issue the shutdown command via a command or separate program.

To remove from an already configured profile, change the associated keys in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\current\device\Start

Source: Remove Shutdown Options from Windows 10

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