Lost Shut Down, Log Off , Restart Buttons




My Shut Down, Log Off , Restart Buttons have disappeared and I now have a
box with a drop down menu to choose from.

How do I get the XP buttons back?

Many thanks

Wesley Vogel

The Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down command Policy or NoClose set
to 1 in the registry disables Shut Down in Task Manager, Start menu and
Windows Security dialog.

On the Task Manager Menu Bar, there are: File, Options, View, Shut Down and

The Shut Down menu contains:
* Stand By
* Hibernate
* Turn Off
* Restart
* Log Off (User Name)
* Switch User

Some of the above items may be unavailable (grayed out) depending on Group
Policies, et cetera.

For example.

NoClose removes access to Stand By, Hibernate, Turn Off, Restart and Log
Off (User Name) from the Shut Down menu in Task Manager, but leaves the


If not XP Pro...
Open the Registry Editor...
Start | Run | Type: regedit | Click OK |
Navigate to...
Set NoClose to 0.

If XP Pro use Group Policy...
[[Prevents users from shutting down or restarting Windows. This setting
removes the Shut Down option from the Start menu and disables the Shut Down
button on the Windows Security dialog box, which appears when you press
CTRL+ALT+DEL. This setting prevents users from using the Windows user
interface to shut down the system, although it does not prevent them from
running programs that shut down Windows. If you disable this setting or do
not configure it, the Shut Down menu option appears, and the Shut Down
button is enabled. Note: It is a requirement for third-party applications
with Windows 2000 or later certification to adhere to this setting.]]
Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down command


Determines whether the Shutdown button in the Log On to Windows dialog box
is enabled. The Log On to Windows dialog box appears when the user is
logging on to Windows 2000. The Shutdown button lets users stop the
operating system without logging on or turning off power to the computer.]]

From WTC...
If using Classic Logon the Task Manager will not show the Shut Down menu.

To verify what type of Logon you are using, go to the Control Panel | User
Accounts | Change the way users log on or off. If the Welcome Screen is not
checked then you are using the Classic Logon, there for no Shut down menu
will not be present for the Task Manager.

I have no idea if any of the above changes if on a domain.

Turn the Welcome screen on...
1. In Control Panel, click User Accounts.
2. Click Change the way users log on or off.
3. Click the Use the Welcome screen to place a check mark in the check box.
4. Click OK.

Hope this helps. Let us know.

MS-MVP Windows Shell/User


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