Shut down, restart options are missing from Start menu Fix

After finishing your day’s work while trying to shut down your device what if you see there is no shutdown, restart, or sleep option in the start menu? Even if you press the ‘Alt+F4‘ keys you will be stomped with an error message. If that is the case, don’t worry. This is pretty common with work office computers as the system administrators tend to restrict the domain users from restarting or shutting down office setups. Follow these methods to fix this issue.

How to restore shut down, restart, sleep and hibernate options

There are two ways to fix this problem.

Method 1 – Using the Registry

1. At first, just press the Windows key+R keys together.

2. Then, type “regedit” and click on “OK“.


Regedit In Run


Important– Registry Editor is a very delicate location on your system. Before heading on to modify the registry, we request to make a backup of the registry on your computer.

If you haven’t backed up the registry, after opening the Registry Editor, click on “File“. Then click on “Export” to make a new backup on your computer.


Export Registry


3. After taking the backup, go to this location-



4. On the right-hand side, check if there is the “NoClose” value.

5. Then, double click on the key to change its value.


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If you don’t see the key, do these –

a. right-click on the space and click on “New>“.

b. Choose the “DWORD (32-bit) Value” from the list.


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c. Then, name this new value as “NoClose“.

d. After that, double click on it to access it.


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Then follow further instructions.


6. After that, set the value to “0“.

7. Finally, click on “OK” to save this change.


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Close the Registry Editor. Then, click on the Windows icon and you will see that the restart, sleep, and shut down option has appeared again.


Method 2 – Using Group Policy Editor


1. You have to press the Windows key+R keys together.

2. Then, write “gpedit.msc” and click on “OK“.


1 Run Gpedit


3. Once the Group Policy Editor opens up, go to this place –

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar


4. On the right-hand side, double click on the “Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep and Hibernate commands.


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5. Set the policy to “Disabled“.

6. Finally, click on “Apply” and “OK“.


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This will re-enable the policy settings and you will be seeing the Shutdown, restart and sleep options again.

Your problem should be solved.

Note: – If this also does not work, then do this: – 

Go to Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment.

Locate Shutdown the system rule and then grant your domain users that permission.

Additional Workaround

Press CTRL + ALT+ DELETE button and in bottom right side, you can find the power options