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Q: disabled power/sleep button in start menu


I've disabled the power/sleep button in the start menu a while ago to prevent my children from shutting down the computer. Now they are older and I want to get them to put the computer to sleep when they are not using it. Unfortunately, I can not remember how I disabled the power button. There are no group policies set and I couldn't find any settings on the registry (as suggested in your tutorials Power Button and Shutdown Options - Start Menu). Here is a screenshot of the situation:


Any ideas how I could enable this again?

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A: disabled power/sleep button in start menu

Hi Tinschel,

Welcome to Vista Fourms.

You might see if this tutorial is what you did. To enable it again, you will just need to delete the ACSettingIndex DWORD in the registry.

Removing the Sleep function in the Shutdown menu

Hope this is it,

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I'm doing a library kiosk and I would like to hide the sleep and lock button. Is there a reg file or anyway to go about doing it? All I am able to find is to disable it and it will be greyed out but I do not want it to be in the start menu at all. Please help.


A:hide the sleep and lock button in the start menu?

This is the closest I've found-

Remove Shutdown and Restart Buttons In Windows 7

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In the Start Menu the only two choices in the power button options are 'Log off' and 'Lock'. I reset the start button options to default and restarted the computer by powering it off but there is no change. I lost the 'Shut Down'. 'Restart' and 'Switch User' options. How do I fix this other than restoring the operating system from backup or system restore?

A:Start menu power button

Right click on the Start Orb and tick properties.

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This laptop was an ex-display model and I wondered if anyone could please tell me how to reinstate the power button to the start up menu. I have Vista Home Premium.

Many thanks

A:How do I Re-instate the Power Button to the Start Menu

have a look through here mate see if anything helps

Shutdown Options - Start Menu

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Hello, I hope you are well.

I think that the Power Button in the Start Menu, where users can choose for it to Lock, Sleep, Hibernate, and Shutdown their computers, is very useful. I'd like to somehow tweak it even further, but am not sure if this is even remotely possible.

Is there any way I can change it so that when I press the button, a certain program will start up? Ideally, I'd like to change the action of the Power Button to start up a program called Vista Shutdown Timer (Vista Shutdown Timer), an application which allows me to put on timer on when I'd like the computer to shut down, sleep, etc.


A:Tweaking the Power Button Icon in Start Menu

Hello Vic,

Sorry, but no you cannot have it use another program instead for that. However, you can manually create a shut down shortcut that has a time delay and pin it to the Start Menu or Taskbar to run it manually instead, or just run the program manually to do so.

Shutdown shortcut - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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I am using windows 7 sp1 x64. I am not able to change my power option button action in start menu. It is just disables and i am not able to change it to anything.

Please help me fix this.

A:Cannot change Power Option Button in Start Menu

Hello Zaidbaby,

With it grayed out, it looks like you may have a group policy (option 4 or 5 below) set for this that prevents it from being changed.

You might see if you may be able to change the Power button action using one of the other options in the tutorial below instead.

Power Button - Start Menu

Hope this helps,

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I have just upgrated from XP to Win 7 Home Premium. I'm missing the option to close my pc down with hybernation to get at much faster close down and restart.
Due to I can not get the "hybernation" menu option into the start menu.

I open "Power Option" click on "Change Advanced power Settings" and click on "Power buttons and lid". Here can I only see "Power button action" and have set it to "hybernate" which works"

I'm missing "Sleep button action" and "Start menu power button".

Can any one help me?

Jesper A

A:Start Menu Power button option is missing

Once you open the Power Options window,on the left click Choose what the power buttons do
Change the sleep button to Hibernate
Im not sure if this means the actual button on the front of your PC or the one on the start menu.

Either way you should now be able to set Hibernate.

Perhaps someone else can get you the options you want.


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power button in start menu changed to log off automatically
i can't change to shut down in start menu properties
there is only switch user,log off,lock options
pleeeeease help

I also did a system restore

A:Power button in start menu changed to log off automatically?

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Can you set it using the Group Policy Editor?

Power Button - Start Menu

Start > gpedit.msc > Enter

Double click on the line highlighted in the right pane of the image above and wait for the screen shown in the image below:

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Whatever I try (both ways as advise here) to make the default at the Start Button (Sleep/Restart/Shutdown etc.) it doesn't stick, stay on Shutdown. Annoying. It's like the old days of Mircrosoft Word when it was new: its settings usually failed to stick, and that went on for nearly a decade.

Any ideas please?

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I followed the instructions in this tutorial on how to change the power button action to automatically shut down and the power but only puts the PC in sleep mode. I even restarted the PC and it still won't shut down by pressing the power button. The power plan is High Performance.

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*This is a repost of a question I asked on the microsoft help forums*
(Windows 8.1) Lock screen and power button on start menu won't appear, please help! 

Machine: HP Pavillion 15 (laptop) with Windows 8.1
Some context: Recently I was suddenly left unable to use my task manager, unable to lock my computer, and there was no power button on the start menu. Using CTRL + ALT + Delete only gave one option, to change users.

After some extensive searching, i was able to enable the task manager through regedit, but I still cannot lock my computer, and there is still no power button on the start screen.

I have tried the following regedits to no avail:
To get the lock screen:
where i created a new key, "Personalization", in which i created a new DWORD (32-bit), "NoLockScreen", and set its value to 0.

To get the power button on the start menu:
where I created a new key, "Launcher", in which i created a new DWORD (32-bit), "Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen", and set its value to 1.
I have tried running the group policy editor, but I could not run the program (gpedit.msc).
I am the only user on my computer and I have admin rights.
In control panel, more specifically,
Control panel > Power Settings > System Settings
using the "show unavailable options" button, I f... Read more

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Hi all,

In Windows Vista I always set my start menu power button to be "Shut Down". However, every time I restart my computer, the settings do not persist - it becomes "Sleep" again. The only exception to this is when Windows Update gives me important updates - then it stays as "Shut Down", but once Windows Update is completed it becomes "Sleep" again. This is kind of irking me...any thoughts?

A:Vista Start Menu power button resetting every session

Silly question I know,but I have to ask. Do you remember to "Save" after changing the power options ?

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As many will be aware, MS have replaced Control Panel with Settings when you right click on start button.

It is quite easy to reset back to Control Panel as this context menu is customisable.

The link below describes customisation in detail.

Basically the menu entries are all stored in your profile

Below is how it is setup in the release version 14393.

I simply went to same folder in 14946 and replaced all icons including the desktop .ini with the ones from 14393 above.

As you can see below - it now shows control panel, and opens up control panel instead.

More details how to customise here.

[Exclusive] Customize Add, Remove, Rename or Move Shortcuts - AskVG

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This just started a couple days ago and I can't figure out why. I haven't installed any new software or messed with any relevant settings that I can remember. As the title says, clicking Start -> Shut Down puts it to sleep. I've checked the Power options in Control Panel and all of that looks right. Thanks for the help!

A:Start Menu "Shut down" button puts PC to sleep

That is an odd one, maybe try resetting the power plan you`re using to defaults.

And it wouldn`t hurt to run a system file check, the link is below.

You could try a system restore to about a week ago.

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Hi every one,
Recently I purchased new PC,
After installing windows XP Pro SP3 I found that there is a missing button in Power option properties. The missing button is (When I press the sleep button on my computer), I can find only (When I press the power button on my computer).
My system configuration is as follow
Mother board Gigabyte EP45-UD3R Rev 1.1
My graphic card is ATI Radeon HD 5670
Windows XP SP3
RAM 4Gb Kingston DDRII
CPU Core 2 Quad 2.66 GHz
It worth saying that I can shutdown, hibernate or put my PC into sleep mode, so the functions are working but only the button is missing.
I will appreciated very much if some can advise me how to restore the missing button. Is there some option in BIOS that will enable this button?
I contacted Gigabyte customer support, but they directed me to Microsoft, I also contacted ATI but they directed me to Microsoft or BIOS settings. In my BIOS I can't find any option that may affect this button. Any advise will be appreciated
Best regards

A:[SOLVED] Button of (When I press sleep button) is not available in my Power option pr

Does the case actually have a separate Sleep Button? I suspect it's not even connected, as the motherboard manual doesn't show a connection for a Sleep Button, only a Power Button.
Windows Power Options won't list it, as it doesn't exist.

If you have a Sleep Button on the keyboard, it might not be listed in Power Options either. That would be up to the Driver software to add that option. You may have to use the software that came with the keyboard to configure the sleep button on the keyboard.

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I have Windows 7 with the classic theme.
I want to change/remove the text "Start" from Menu Start Button (that in left down corner of the screen).
I know how to change it (with ResHacker) in Windows XP but unfortunatelly this way is not possible for Windows 7.
Maybe someone could help me please.
Best Regards

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I want to replace the Shut Down button, with a Lock button instead
How do you do that?
I wondered this for a while actually.
I mean the button in the pic below

A:Start Menu - Replace Shut Down Button, with Lock Button


Right Click - Properties (on the actual Button) will change the function and wording - is that what you need or are you looking to replace with a lock graphic?

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this is my hijackthis log after cleaning up with online scans and AdAware:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:32:54, on 20.2.2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
c:\program files\common files\logitech\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Valter\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_09\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNot... Read more

A:No run button and no turn off computer button in start up menu

Welcome to the forum valter1973


No run button and no turn off computer button in start up menu

Is that the only problem now ?
It appears you do not have a antivirus program running, why is that ?

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Hi. Start menu -> I can only see shut down, or sleep, depending on how it's configured, but to access other power options I have to click on the small white arrow to the right of the power button.

So if the default setting of the big button is shutdown then it's a hassle to choose sleep because I have to click on the oh so small button arrow thing.

There's loads of room at the bottom right of my start menu so please tell me how to have a shutdown button AND a sleep button, because I frequently use both functions and don't want to have to choose only one for quick access. Cheers

A:Start menu -> Shutdown Button - "shut down" and "sleep"

It's that difficult to click the arrow?

There is/are gadget(s) with this functionality.

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AOA n Hi

I have found that sleep and hibernate options are disabled with ShutDown Buttons. due to this, when lid is down, my laptop is still working.
Also, when i go to controlPAnel<<Power Options << then ....there is options of "Change settings that are currently unavailable" when i click it, options becomes unvisible. Also in the Power Plan Options...(on the same window/tab), When i click ComboBox for Battery and Plugged in......There are no Options of Sleep or Hibernate, only "Do nothing" and "ShutDown" options are there.

Please help. Thanks in anticipation.

A:Sleep and Hibernate options are disabled with ShutDown Button

1.) Is your laptop up to date with the latest drivers?

See here: Automatically Find HP Updates | HP Support

That website will search your HP laptop for driver updates. Download and install all driver updates found.

2.) Try this as well: Microsoft fix it-enable hibernation

That is a microsoft fix it that will enable hibernation for you.

3.) More information:

Troubleshoot power problems

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After putting my computer into sleep mode last night, I was unable to get it to boot into windows this morning. When i pressed the power buttong, everything turn on and working (all fans are functional, gpu power led is on, all hard drives & cd drives are functional. But the problem is, the screen to my monitor is blank. I also noticed that my usb aren't working (mouse connection light isn't on). I tried a soft power off by holding down the power button but no luck. The system does not turn off no matter how long I hold it. The only way to turn it off is by pulling the power supply cord or turning the power supply switch off.

My pc build:

AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz Socket AM3+ 6 core processor
ASUS ENGTX 560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 Geforce GTX 560
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 Motherboard
COOLMAX ZU-700B 700W ATX 12V Power Supply
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) 240-pin DDR 3 SDRAM 2133 (PC3 17000)
Prolimatech PRO Panther 120mm CPU Cooler
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001RD case

THE PROBLEM: Computer turn on with everything running as usual, but shows blank screen on monitor. Cannot soft power off by pressing power button.

Things I tried:

Clear CMOS by removing battery and switching pins
Running with 1 4GB RAM instead of 2, move the ram around the slots & alternate which Ram is used.
Check my monitor by testing it with another computer
Tried pulling the PS plug and holding the computer power button for 1 min
Test the GPU with another computer & it runs fine
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A:Windows 7 blank screen after sleep mode (unable to power off with power button)


Is it possible that you can test with another compatible PSU? I would strongly suggest doing so.

Also try the following steps:
?Make sure that the (internal) speaker is connected to the motherboard
?Remove all memory and attempt to boot the PC
?You should get the no memory beep errors

If the Power Supply is in working order and no beeps are present then it can be indicative of a faulty motherboard.

For troubleshooting purposes it may be a good idea to remove the components from the case and bench test to rule out a short.

How to Bench Test / Troubleshoot Your System

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Hi guys, my new ThinkPad P71 is a few days old.The power button works fine to turn it on from scratch.But when I hit the power button to make it sleep, it doesn't respond to power option configuration for shutdown, sleep, hibernate etc.Am I missing something or is there a Lenovo configuration overriding it? (closing the lid does put it in sleep mode.)Setting attached. Appreciate the help. Thanks,Darren.

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Please let me know the difference between sleep button and power button

Is sleep button the one which will be on the keyboard?

On the CPU there will 2 buttons one will be to start the computer and another one to restart computer?

Can these buttons be used to work like to enter in sleep mode, hibernate mode etc(Making changes in power options in control panel)

I'm having windows 7 computer

A:Power button and sleep button

sleep buttons depend on the manufacturers to where they go. most laptops sleep function is assigned to an F key and used in conjuction with the function or "fn" button. usually on F2 or F3.
These buttons are not programmable via the power options in control panel.

if its a desktop and doesnt have a dedicated sleep button you can reasign the task to either the restart or power button within control panel and or set it to sleep/hybernate after a given time.

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I know there are a bunch of sleep problems out there but I couldn't fine one similar to this after doing a forum search. Running Windows 7 Ultimate. Sleep used to work ok but now when I choose sleep from the start menu, the screen blacks out but the computer doesn't actually go to sleep. The fans, activity lights, hdd lights are all still running. If I move the mouse the screen comes back. However, if I just wait for the sleep timer to kick in then the computer does go to sleep (all fans stop running and all lights go out). I'm not sure what caused this. I use my pc as an HTCP and now when I push the power button on the remote the pc does not go to sleep. Any suggestions would be great, thanks!

A:Won't Sleep From Start Menu but Sleep Timer Works

This tells you how to disable and enable sleep, see if it applies to you: How to Disable the Sleep Option in the Windows Shut Down Menu

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Monitor Going Black & Power Buttons Disabled

My computer is a custom build, just got a new case Thermaltake View 71 RGB

I moved everything from old case to new case, computer was doing fine until after moving everything to new case. All hardware is less than a year old including Motherboard.

This is my system:

Windows 10 home
ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F Motherboard
GTX 1060 3 GB (Brand New)
Corsair 8 GB Ram sticks 4x2
Samsung 250 GB EVO 860 SSD
Thermaltake Smart M 850 watt Bronze power supply (got it free but it looked fairly new and is fully modular

Samsung 22" Monitor, about 6-7 years old

My monitor's screen will randomly go black and my cases power button and reset button become disabled when screen goes dark. The monitor does not shut off however.

When I first turn on the computer using the power button screen comes on and everything is normal for about 10 minutes to maybe 30 mintues then screen will go dark and case buttons become disabled, everything else stays on.

My sleep and hibernate settings are set to never.

Called ASUS, had me reset all hardware on the Motherboard including ram sticks plus took out each ram stick and ran system with only one stick in both slots, did it to both sticks, didn't help. We did some other test also, they said problem is not the Motherboard.

Called Microsoft, tech thinks it's a faulty relay in the power supply, not buying a new power supply based on a hunch by a technician from a foreign country who has no ... Read more

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Title says it all, but why? Last time I was using Windows 7 it was still working fine. Now I noticed it stopped working when I upgraded to Windows 10. I'm not bothered by this but I'm just asking if this is normal?

A:Start Button on my keyboard won't trigger to open start menu

Does the keyboard have a key to block start menu usage. So called game mode.

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Switched to the XP-ish Classic Start Menu, plus Adjust for Best Performance, in the usual prescribed way, no third-party interface-modifiers. All looks & works fine except that the Start button itself looks like TWO buttons -- one atop the other and just slightly out of alignment (screenshot here).

Nothing?s malfunctioning, but it sure looks silly. I haven?t done anything unusual, apart from docking the taskbar on the right side of the screen. What could be causing this, and how can I un-cause it? Would Classic Shell fix this?

Grateful for any clues.

A:Classic Start Menu: Start Button appears doubled

Which classic start menu software are you using?

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My system: Win 10 64 bit Retail, MSI B150M Mortar, Intel i5-6500, Samsung 512GB SSD, Corsair 2 x 4 GB Memory, etc.

Although my keyboard and mouse are allowed to wake the PC from sleep (in Device Manager), they don't wake the PC. Interestingly, pressing the "Power Button" on my Fractal R5 case does wake it up from sleep. Any idea about what's going on?

A:Only the Power Button Wakea PC from Sleep

Originally Posted by ChriskK

My system: Win 10 64 bit Retail, MSI B150M Mortar, Intel i5-6500, Samsung 512GB SSD, Corsair 2 x 4 GB Memory, etc.

Although my keyboard and mouse are allowed to wake the PC from sleep (in Device Manager), they don't wake the PC. Interestingly, pressing the "Power Button" on my Fractal R5 case does wake it up from sleep. Any idea about what's going on?

You also need to access the BIOS and setup to allow Wakeup from Keyboard/Mouse
NOTE: If you have a USB keyboard then you also need to setup for USB to wake up.

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My system: Win 10 64 bit Retail, MSI B150M Mortar, Intel i5-6500, Samsung 512GB SSD, Corsair 2 x 4 GB Memory, etc.

Although my keyboard and mouse are allowed to wake the PC from sleep (in Device Manager), they don't wake the PC. Interestingly, pressing the "Power Button" on my Fractal R5 case does wake it up from sleep. Any idea about what's going on?

A:Only the Power Button Wakes PC from Sleep

Originally Posted by ChriskK

My system: Win 10 64 bit Retail, MSI B150M Mortar, Intel i5-6500, Samsung 512GB SSD, Corsair 2 x 4 GB Memory, etc.

Although my keyboard and mouse are allowed to wake the PC from sleep (in Device Manager), they don't wake the PC. Interestingly, pressing the "Power Button" on my Fractal R5 case does wake it up from sleep. Any idea about what's going on?

You also need to access the BIOS and setup to allow Wakeup from Keyboard/Mouse
NOTE: If you have a USB keyboard then you also need to setup for USB to wake up.

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I'm running Win8 Pro 64 bit on a Dell Precision 490 desktop. I upgraded from XP so it was basically a clean install.

I have my power button configured to put the system to sleep and it will do that ONCE after I turn it on. After that, pushing the power button does nothing until the next reboot or power cycle. Going to Charms -> Settings -> Power -> Sleep always works.

This obviously isn't a critical problem, but it's really annoying because I'm in the habit of hitting the power button and usually it just doesn't work. Has anyone heard of this problem? Is there a fix?

Things I've tried:
- searching Google - can't find the needle in the haystack
- searching this forum - nothing that matches
- checking the Event Log - nothing interesting or suspicious
- apply all Microsoft updates - no change
- disable my Comodo Internet Security - no change
- change power options and then change them back - no change
- checked if I could stop and restart the power service - nope

Does anyone have any other ideas that I could try or tools to track what's going on?


A:Power Button Sleep only works Once!

do you have it set for both Plugged in and on battery?

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I set my Dell Inspiron laptop (Windows 8) to sleep after 15 minutes (never to hibernate) whether on AC power or battery.
This allows me to take out my laptop from my bag, open the lid, enter my pin and get to work quickly.
One thing that baffles me is that when on AC power, I have to press the power button to "wake" the laptop out of sleep
instead of just pressing a key on the keyboard. The power button is this tiny chicklet metal button that is awkward to press.
Any way to set Windows 8 to wake on keypress when on AC power?

A:power button press to come out of sleep

You do not find it in Power Options to change power button from doing it? Only know ways if using an external USB device. Should be a sleep button or one of the F buttons or Fn.

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New TP X230, running Win 8 Pro (clean install).I have power options set to "Do Nothing" if the lid is closed, but to put the unit to sleep if I press the Power or Sleep button. (I don't know that the computer has a sleep button, so here I am referring to the power button.)The power button works to turn the unit on, including to wake it from sleep. (So I don't think there is a hardware problem with it.)But with the computer running, if I press the sleep button nothing happens at all, although I have it set to put the computer to sleep.What might be going wrong?  (And is there a sleep button?)

A:Power Button won't put my X230 to Sleep!

Hi, maiki
Yes, there is a sleep button. Depending on the behavior of your Fn keys, then you will either press Fn + F4 or simply F4 to put the machine to sleep. I would try to create a new power plan and have the same settings to see if you can get the proper power button behavior.
Hope it helps,

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First off I'd like to say that I didn't really know where to post this and the last time I googled a similar result it was posted here, and it could potentially be a driver problem I guess, so please excuse me if this is the wrong section. I found these forums while searching the answer to my problem and the people seemed generous and helpful so I thought this would be a good place to ask.

Okay so I've googled and googled for hours to absolutely no avail, so I've tried everything I could think of without asking myself so here goes.

Let me start by stating my specific problem. My laptop will not wake up from sleep without hitting the power button. This means that my external keyboard, external mouse, touchpad, nor built in keyboard can wake it up. My old laptop also running Windows 7 did not have this problem btw. It is quite the annoyance because when I am at home I use my laptop at a desk with an external mouse, keyboard, and monitor.
Just bought this new laptop for graduation. It's a RF711-S02 by Samsung. I'll state some of the specs that could possibly be causing my problem. Processor is an Intel i7 2630qm, nVidia gt540m graphics card (which uses optimus technology, so when that's not on it uses Intel HD 3000), Windows 7 x64. If anything else is needed or relevant, just ask.

I have tried everything I could possibly find over several days and several hours in each day. I've tried the USBBIOSX stuff for the registry, updating all of my drivers, enabling my keyboard to wak... Read more

A:Laptop Won't Come Out of Sleep W/O Power Button

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

This workaround did the trick in Windows Vista so I'll post the link to see if it's of any help to you, it may work with Win 7: Disable Hybrid Sleep Mode in Windows Vista - How-To Geek

Have you tried tweaking your power plans, or switching them off, even? Disable Power Management on Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

Another workaround that has worked for my wife's laptop is to unplug the power cord, remove the battery and hold down the power button for 30-60 seconds to drain the internal capacitors then insert the battery and restart.

Do you have Hibernation on your laptop? If so, you might want to disable it and just use Sleep.

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I have a X1 Carbon and pressing the power button does not make the computer sleep - although in the Power Options the computer is set to "Sleep" when the power button is pressed on battery or A/C.   Machine: X1 Carbon 3rd Gen (Type 20BS, 20BT) Laptop (ThinkPad)OS: Windows 10 (64 bit) 

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Sons laptop screen & hinges broken, so connected to ext tv with wireless mouse & keyboard. Laptop lid & power button disabled in power settings, so it can be left closed and activated by mouse or keyboard from sleep.
Their connectivity is lost & cannot be fixed because when removed and replaced the wireless USB receiver needs the PC to be on to set up again. I cannot use wired ones because the pc will not recognise them.
Is it possible to restart pc somehow please?

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Just did a fresh install of 7 Ultimate x86 Sp1 and installed some core programs and drivers(VLC, Winrar, Chrome, VGA drivers etc).

There are multiple users using this computer and I just noticed all my user accs (standard accs/non admin) have the POWER BUTTON and even the LOG OFF/SWITCH USER/RESTART options all greyed out.. Only way to access those power buttons is using CTRL + ALT + DEL

I even checked GPEDIT.msc

Computer Configuration - Windows Settings - Security Settings - Local Policies - User rights assignments -> Shut Down The System
"Users" acc is listed on the above option

ONLY admin accs have the buttons.. Any way to get those buttons back ?

Mods i used for explorer[FOR CUSTOM THEMES] :



A little help here ? Noone has this prob ?

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Hi, I am very limited to my knowledge of computers and how to fix the problems. If anyone can give me any advice about my computer I would very much appreciate it. I turned my computer on about a week ago, it froze up, I restarted it and was missing my taskbar and my files where opened in a separate window. Nothing simple works. The obvious things do not work. I have no start button. It will not do anything. If I go into control panel, cannot open it from there. Please help!

A:Missing Start Menu, Taskbar, No Start Button

Try doing a System Restore back to before you experienced this problem.Windows XP System Restore Guide

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My Start Button works to the extent that I can click it and browse all of my programs. I also have all of the categories on the right side like "Computer", "Control Panel", etc.

What I don't have are any of my recently used programs. That area is blank. I have noticed over the years that I typically use about the same 10-15 programs frequently and the loss of these "instant shortcuts" means I have to drill down through the hierarchy of Start Menu programs to find the one I want to launch. I do have a number of programs pinned to the Taskbar, but I'd really like to have my Start Button work like it used to.

Any suggestions?

PS: The only one that does show up is the Command Prompt which I had copied from its default location because I use it so much. I had it located outside the "Programs" folder on the Start Menu so it would be at the top.

A:Lost Customization On Start Button/Start Menu

hi something simple you might want to check.
right click start button-properties then start menu tab and make sure both things are checked under privacy. also on same tab click on customize and make sure there is a number in start menu size

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Pressing a key doesn't waken my computer; I have to press the power button. This started after I updated my Avast! which I then rolled back through System Restore, but the problem recurred today. Any help would be appreciated.



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Hi, subject already sais it. T440p, Windows 8.1 64 bit: when I go to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\System Settings and choose Choose what the power buttons do, no matter what I chose, pressing the power button has no effect. I always have to grab the mouse or use the keyboard. What's the issue here? Thanks

A:Power button does not shutdown/hibernate/sleep

Hi, I've got the same issue, did you solve it?

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I don't know how to wake my PC up without pressing power button. There's nothing wrong with doing it this way, it's just inconvenient. Can it wake on key press?

A:Waking from sleep requires power button (8.1)

Originally Posted by CaptainAhab

I don't know how to wake my PC up without pressing power button. There's nothing wrong with doing it this way, it's just inconvenient. Can it wake on key press?

Devices - Allow or Prevent to Wake Up Computer - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I recently upgraded from vista 32 bit to 7 64 bit and one of the first things I did was adjust the power options. I set power button to "shut off" I set the sleep button to "sleep" and I set closing my laptop to "do nothing" yet all 3 just make it sleep! I can see that everything is set the way I put it but it still falls asleep when I close the lid and when I push the power button even though I set it to do something else, any ideas?

A:power button just puts laptop to sleep

Try setting "when you close the lid" to Shut down.

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Hi. I pressed the power button once on my laptop to put it in sleep mode. Is this a safe thing to do?

A:Power button sleep mode question

Hi -
Do you mean it was an accident, or deliberate ??
I have never used Sleep Mode on any computer that I have owned -
The safest thing I always think, is to turn the computer Off once you are actually finished with it, or just let it go to screen saver if I am away for an hour -

Your computer / laptop can always wake from sleep mode in its storage bag if there is a scan scheduled for the Antivirus or similar.
If it is in a storage bag, the temperatures can get too high due to lack of ventilation and create problems.

My desktop is switched off at the wall every night, or if I am not using it for the day. The same for my laptop, powered off and left off unless it is wanted.

Since it only takes 30 to 60 seconds to power up I see no need for Sleep or Hibernation mode at any time -

I hope this covers your question -

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hi guys,

i have a brother HL-1110 black laser printer that goes to sleep after 10 minutes and i have to then push the power button to make it wake up and print

its connected to a windows xp workstation

i have loaded the drivers that came with the printer off a dvd and there are no settings in the printer setup to turn off sleep or anything similar

i looked in the manual supplied and a pdf online but when i try fins sleep or turn off sleep nothing comes up
or very little on it...not saying how to turn off sleep mode

any help suggestions appreciated

A:HL-1110 goes to sleep and only power button wakes it up

If auto power is supported, it should be accessible via the drivers/software. At least in my experience.

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My Dell XPS 13 9350 (Windows 10) is configured to go to sleep when I close the lid. Instead, since yesterday it forces a shutdown instead - when I reopen the lid it boots up from scratch, applications complain that they were forced to quit with unsaved files, etc.
I assume this is due to some update Dell Update made a couple of days ago, but I don't know what it was.
Naturally I have checked that Power & Sleep Settings are correct (re sleeping when closing the lid). I've also updated drivers from the Dell site and run the Dell online diagnostic test for lid closing.
Any suggestions?

A:Dell XPS 13 shuts down when put to sleep using lid or power button

Some more details:
Uninstalling the video drivers (which helped someone else on this forum with the same problem) didn't fix it.
The problem also occurs if I send the laptop to sleep with the power button, but not if I send it to sleep from the Start menu - seems to work OK.
Also, the problem does not seem to be at the point of sending it to sleep - it acts as if it's going to sleep normally (going off in a couple of seconds) rather than shutting down - but at the point of waking up, when the computer starts up as if it had been shut down.

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My X1 Tablet wil no longer react to the power button, meaning I cannot press it to put the tablet to sleep. I've checked all the usual settings in win10 (power and sleep) and it's set to make my tablet sleep no matter which button is pressed. What's worse, if I put the tablet to sleep from the start button, then the power button cannot wake it up. However, if the tablet is powered off, the power button works fine, so it seems to be a software issue. I've all the various firmwares, windows 10 is up to date as of today and the BIOS settings doesn't seem to have any options for this. Has anyone else experienced this and did you find a solution?  

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