"Shut Down Wndows" drop down only shows "log off username" !!!!!!

By 1bn0 ·
I did this to myself.

I had enabled the Windows Shut Down Event Tracker on my XPPro workstation. GPEDIT.MSC

I tried to turn it off yesterday.

The Shut Down Event Tracker stopped appearing but now when I click on START | SHUT DOWN. THe Shut Down Windows dialog appears and the only option is to log of username.

All of the shutdown button options are available but lead to the same place. If I ctrl-alt-del and select the shut down button from the Windows Security dialog, I get the same menu with only "log off username".

I can Shut Down if I log out and select Shutdown from the Log On to Windows Dialog.

I have searched the issue and can only find a few references to the same problem with no known resolution.

I have re-enabled Shut Down Event Tracker in the meantime. It still behave normally.

Any ideas?

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It's not a 'techie' solution, but as the saying goes:...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to "Shut Down Wndows" drop d ...

'When Needs Must'.

Have you considered using one of the 'tweak' proggies to get you out of this self-indulgent problem?

There's Ashampoo's 'TweakUI Platinum' and Microsoft's 'Tweak Manager' to name but two.

Both have bullet points for 'showing/not showing' Shutdown as a Start Menu option.

It might be worth a try.

No-one can win all the time, right?

<Edited for errant apostrophe, darn!>

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Did you ever find a fix?

by mh_user In reply to "Shut Down Wndows" drop d ...

Sorry to bother you, but I noticed you had this problem a few months ago. Wondering if you ever found a fix. I have the same problem on one of my systems.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Not exactly.

by 1bn0 In reply to Did you ever find a fix?

I ended up with a corrupt profile at some point. Tired creating a new profile and files and settings transfer wizard. Did not fix all of my issues but did straighten out the shutdwon menu problem.

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Check value of local GPO

by jakub.pawlak In reply to Not exactly.

Computer configuration -> Windows settings -> Security Settings -> User Rights Assigments -> Shut down the system. There must be 4 groups:
Backup Operators
Power Users

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by cj In reply to Check value of local GPO

This worked! Thank you!!

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Will this fix your Event Issue?.. :)

Windows XP has a new feature Shutdown Event Tracker which allows one to record a shutdown or restart reason. You enter it into the Shut Down Windows dialog box which is displayed as part of the shutdown sequence, or when restarting a system after a sudden shutdown. Windows provides predefined reason options. You can also add custom reason options. The information you provide here is recorded in the system log in Event Viewer. To enable the feature:

Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Reliability
Name: ShutdownReasonUI
Value: 1=enable;0=disable

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
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