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Remove The Sleep, Shutdown & Restart Buttons

When you're performing your computing tasks day In, day out, you will Inevitably have the need to either put It to sleep, give It a reboot or completely shut It down. The most common method to do either of these, Is via the Windows 10 Start menu, by pressing the Power button and making your selection thereafter. If you don't want other users who're sharing your PC from doing the same, In this tutorial, I will show you how to completely remove the Sleep, Shutdown & Restart buttons.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to. When you access the Windows 10 Start menu and hit the Power button, the option to put your computer to Sleep, Restart It or perform a Shut down will be readily available as shown below.

Whatever the reason may be, If you do not want anyone who has physical access to your computer from using these, whereby you can lose your unsaved tasks due to a Restart or Shutdown, I will demonstrate how to completely remove the lot.

To achieve this, I will use the good old Group Policy Editor, that's only available In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. If you have either of these editions running, then this tutorial Is for you. So without further delay, let's get this started. 

Step One:

The first thing you need to do, Is access the Group Policy Editor. Open the Run menu, enter gpedit.msc and hit OK as shown below.

Step Two:

The Group Policy Editor will now open, so navigate to the following directory.
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar 

Make sure that the Start Menu and Taskbar folder Is selected, and on the right pane, double-click Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands.

Step Three:

To the left of the window, select the Enabled radio button, and then hit OK to finalize the process.

Step Four:

I've now navigated to my Windows 10 Start menu, clicked on the Power button and as you can see, the Sleep, Shutdown and Restart buttons have been completely removed, hence the entry Is blank. A perfect result!

Final Thoughts:

Now you're probably thinking that the computer can easily be shutdown, by simply pressing the Power button on the PC Itself, and you're absolutely correct! Rest assured, I've got you covered. Follow my tutorial here, on how to securely prevent the Power button from shutting down the computer.

Sure, there are other methods to perform shutdown and restart operations, but It's way beyond the scope of this tutorial to document the lot. As such, I've demonstrated the most common method via the Windows 10 Start menu.


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