Change Start Menu power button

Set the default action of the power button on the Start menu.

If you enable this setting, the Start Menu will set the power button to the chosen action, and not let the user change this action.

If you set the button to either Sleep or Hibernate, and that state is not supported on a computer, then the button will fall back to Shut Down.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, the Start Menu power button will be set to Shut Down by default, and the user can change this setting to another action.

Supported on: Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
Choose one of the following actions


  1. Shut Down
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    Value NamePowerButtonAction
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value2
  2. Sleep
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    Value NamePowerButtonAction
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value16
  3. Log off
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    Value NamePowerButtonAction
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1
  4. Lock
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    Value NamePowerButtonAction
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value512
  5. Restart
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    Value NamePowerButtonAction
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value4
  6. Switch User
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    Value NamePowerButtonAction
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value256
  7. Hibernate
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    Value NamePowerButtonAction
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value64


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