Power Options missing from Start Menu in Windows 10

The upgrade process for Windows 10 went smoothly, but I noticed one thing. There were no Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate options in the Power Options menu. In short, the Power Options had gone missing! Clicking on the icon displayed There are currently no power options available message.

no power options

The WinX Menu offered only the Sign out option.

power options missing

If Power Options are missing from the Start Menu after upgrading to Windows 10 Creators Update, here are a few things you need to check up on to fix the problem.

Power Options missing in Windows 10

Type gpedit.msc in Start search and hit Enter to open the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to the following settings and double-click on it to open its configuration box:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Double-click on Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands.

Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep and Hibernate commands

This policy setting prevents users from performing the following commands from the Start menu or Windows Security screen: Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate. This policy setting does not prevent users from running Windows-based programs that perform these functions. If you enable this policy setting, the Power button, and the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands are removed from the Start menu. The Power button is also removed from the Windows Security screen, which appears when you press CTRL+ALT+DELETE. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the Power button, and the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands are available on the Start menu. The Power button on the Windows Security screen is also available.

Ensure that Not Configured or Disabled is selected, click Apply and exit.

UPDATE: George Ivanov suggests in the comments section below the following:

Open GPEDIT.msc, and navigate to the following setting:

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

Then in the Shutdown the system rule, grant your domain users with that permission.

There are currently no power options available

The Group Policy Editor is available in Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education editions only, and not in Windows 10 Home. If your Windows 10 does not ship with GPEDIT, Run regedit to open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Now on the right side, check if a value named NoClose exists, and if it does, its value should be 0.

Restart your computer and see. The Power Options should appear.

If this does not help, there is another thing you can try.

Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power

power options missing

Change the value of CsEnabled from 1 to 0.

Restart your computer and check.

Incidentally, you can also use our freeware Ultimate Windows Tweaker to make Windows 10 show Power Options.

You will get the tweak under Customization > Windows 10. Uncheck/Check the Power Options Menu, click Apply Tweaks and restart your computer and see.

To show the Hibernate option, you will have to ensure that Hibernate is enabled, by running the following command in an elevated Command Prompt window:

Powercfg /hibernate on

Other things you could try:

Hope this helps!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

13 Comments

  1. James Bertram

    This is effecting our corporate imaged laptops at my job and sadly this did not work for me.

  2. Patrick Charette

    Same here. All domain joined machines seem to be experiencing this issue. all my personal machines are fine.

    where does one go for a solution to this?

  3. John Dittmann

    Why is it EVERYtime Windows puts out an update, a DIY “FIX-IT” forum like this pops up? In what other industry is this acceptable? Imagine a massive recall on your car, for a tail-light screw that is 1mm to long and may scratch the paint in the event of a front impact collision, and then getting it home and finding out the car won’t start! Would you rely on a post on the internet? No the dealer/manufacturer would fix it. Time to move something Linux based

  4. Rose

    Thank you very much for your advice! It actually worked for me! I was looking for a solution for so long… It works now! At last. Thanks 😉

  5. Pieter

    Sorry to say this does not work on the small domain we have here in the office. The button is there, but it only shows the message as displayed above, so it is useless.
    The work around is to hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and use the icon on the button right, click it with the right mouse to select an option.

  6. Enchanted Games

    Guys just so you know don’t bother doing this. Alkl you have to know is that ctr+alt+del has the power button on the bottom left. And it works.

  7. George Ivanov

    what actually helped here was modifying the following key in gpedit.msc:
    computer configuration -> windows settings -> security settings -> Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment. Then in “Shutdown the system” rule, grant your domain users with that permission: Apply, save; force apply the new policy (run gpupdate /force in command prompt). If needed, log out and log in. Then voila. we have the option where they had to be.

  8. Kelsy Bellah

    Thank you for this! Worked perfectly for me! Ran the regedit and changed the data field to 0 before finishing with a simple restart. All is well again.

  9. Kelsy Bellah

    Yes, but if you shell out the cash for a computer system you should want it to work properly. The advice posted in this forum worked great for me.

  10. Angelo Francabandiera

    This did not work for me and it can’t work. In fact, as the picture on the post explains, “NOT CONFIGURED” (default) or “DISABLED” have the same behaviour.
    @Rose: nothing personal, but I don’t believe you.

  11. Paka

    Thank you!! You are truly awesome 🙂

  12. Akindu Dasanayake

    So glad this worked! Had to install gpedit.msc first, but learned about some elevated command prompts along the way, thanks!

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