Shutdown Windows 8 and Windows 7 in a Single Click, Using Third-Party Apps

With the launch of Windows 8 CP,  Microsoft heated up the operating system market. Many have started using it immediately and needless to mention, most have found it simply intuitive and immersive – thanks to its METRO user interface.

That said; some are still struggling to adapt to new menus in Windows 8. For instance, earlier, Shut Down and Restart options were present just before your eyes, right at start menu window. But in Windows 8 Consumer Preview these options stays hidden and are not readily visible. Although we have seen that there are over 10 different ways to Shutdown or Restart Windows 8, here is another way you can shut down Windows, in a click!

You may be aware of our small 147 KB portable freeware tool HotShut that lets you shutdown, restart, hibernate, lock or log off your Windows computer instantly from your taskbar notification area in a click. Works just fine on Windows 8 too!

While browsing the web, I happened to come across another similar tool by the name – NPower Tray.  NpowerTray is another tool that creates a system tray icon to manage standard power options like SHUTDOWN, RESTART, SLEEP and HIBERNATE in a single step. Yes, you have read it right, single step!

When you double-click on its system-tray icon, Windows 8 will get shutdown automatically without displaying any confirmation prompt. Cool, isn’t it?

Also, right-clicking the icon will bring-up all the standard power options like:

  1. Reboot
  2. Hibernate
  3. Sleep, Lock
  4. Log Off
  5. Force Shutdown
  6. Force Reboot
  7. Force Hibernate
  8. Force Sleep
  9. Force Log Off.

To start NPowerTray with the System, select About’ from the right-click menus and then check theStart with Windows Desktop’ option.

The main highlight of the application is that, like HotShut, it does not require installation of any kind. Just extract its content to any folder and start using it right away.

Do note that Npower Tray requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile which is included in Windows 8 by default. To use it on other versions such as Windows 7, Windows Vista,  Windows XP, you will need to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 first.

You can download Npower Tray from here.

If you know of any more such similar free tools, please do share them here.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

4 Comments

  1. Jsg

    Thanks for this. I have a problem with my Windows 7 going into Hibernation ever since SP1. Although I still can’t get Windows to Hibernate with this app, this was the closest I have gotten in a loooooong time. The system actually almost powered down for the first time since I installed SP1. To bad the Force option in this application doesn’t work….. Not even MS has figured out why over 50% of the end users can’t hibernate their computers after installing SP1. The solution they provide now is to uninstall SP1, if this doesn’t help, reinstall the system and do not install SP1. What kind of support is that?

    Anyway, nice small app, good find.

  2. Marc Macoy

    Great software, but better off making a shortcut since it’s faster.

  3. Phrozencrew2020

    You can simple add Power Menu on your Context Menu by simply copying this little script created by Vishal. To begin copy the text below and save it double click and enjoy! This will work on windows 7 and 8CP not tested on XP. Thanks.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ;Created by Vishal Gupta for AskVG.com
    ;Thanks to AskVG reader leomate for sharing Hybrid Shutdown shortcut

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellPower Menu]
    “MUIVerb”=”Power Menu”
    “SubCommands”=”lock;logoff;switch;sleep;hibernate;restart;shutdown;hybridshutdown”
    “Icon”=”shell32.dll,215”
    “Position”=”bottom”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshelllock]
    @=”Lock”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshelllockcommand]
    @=”Rundll32 User32.dll,LockWorkStation”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshelllogoff]
    @=”Log Off”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshelllogoffcommand]
    @=”Shutdown -l”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellswitch]
    @=”Switch User”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellswitchcommand]
    @=”tsdiscon.exe”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellsleep]
    @=”Sleep”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellsleepcommand]
    @=”rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Sleep”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellhibernate]
    @=”Hibernate”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellhibernatecommand]
    @=”Shutdown -h”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellrestart]
    @=”Restart”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellrestartcommand]
    @=”Shutdown -r -f -t 00″

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellshutdown]
    @=”Shut Down”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellshutdowncommand]
    @=”Shutdown -s -f -t 00″

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellhybridshutdown]
    @=”Shut Down (Hybrid)”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCommandStoreshellhybridshutdowncommand]
    @=”Shutdown -s -f -t 00 -hybrid”

  4. Saxenahem2507

    Thanks Phrozencrew2020.

    Rather than editing your Windows Registry, we recommend that you use our portable freeware app Right Click Extender https://www.thewindowsclub.com/right-click-context-menu-extender-for-windows-7-released to add these entries to your context menu quickly and easily. This tool too, works just fine on Windows 8 too!

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