Hide/Disable power controls for normal users

1. From the start menu search for “group” and you will see “Edit group policy”, then click on it.

Edit group policy

2.Then go to “Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > User Rights Assignment > Shut Down the System”.

Shut Down the System

3. Double click the “Shut down the system” policy and remove users or user groups which you don't want to show the power controls.

Properties4. You can also add specific users to this list to show the power controls.
5. Now, only the Administrators accounts and the user account “rabistha” will be able to see the power control in start menu.

Who can see the power control in start menu

6. Any other user, which is not an administrator account or “rabistha” user account will not see the power controls.

Other users don't see the power controls

This method only hides/disables power control in the start menu. They can still shutdown or restart the computer from command prompt.

1. On Desktop press WIN+R to open the Run dialog box, then type in “mmc” and click the “OK” button

Strat from command line2. Click on the “File” menu and choose “Add/Remove Snap-in” option

Choose “Add/Remove Snap-in” option

3. In the “Add or remove Snap-ins” window, choose “Group Policy Object Editor” and then click on the “Add” button.

Choose “Group Policy Object Editor”4. On the “Select Group Policy Object” window, click the “Browse” button.

Click the “Browse” button5. On the “Browse for a Group Policy Object”, click on the “Users” tab and then choose “Non-Administrators”, click the “OK” button to make selection.

Choose “Non-Administrators”

6. On the “Select Group Policy Object” windows, click the “Finish” button.

Click the “Finish” button 7. On the “Add or Remove Snap-ins” window the “Non-Administrator” group policy object will be selected, click the “OK” button to close the window.

Add "Non-Administrator" group policy object8. Now, from the Management console go to “Local Computer\Non-Administrators” > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar” and look for “Remove and prevent access to the Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands”

Choose “Remove and prevent access to the Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands”9. Double click the settings and then choose “Enabled” then click the “OK” button.

Choose propertie 'Enabled' 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.

1. Download the reg file to disable power control on the lock screen and extract it on the desktop.

2. Once extracted, double click the “shutdownwithoutlogin.reg” file and then click the “Yes” button to merge it to the registry.

3. Once done click the “Yes” button to close the dialog box.

Click Ok

4. Now, restart or logoff the user account and when at login screen or lock screen, then power controls will not be available.

Notes: This will not only help you to reduce the chances of someone accidentally shutting down your computer, but also minimize the chances of you losing data from unsaved work when your PC is locked. At any time, you can revert the changes by merging the “enable-shutdownwithoutlogin.reg” once and restarting your device.