No power management options available in Windows shutdown menu – solution options

No power management options available in Windows shutdown menu – solution options

If when you open the Windows 11 or Windows 10 shutdown menu you can't find the usual Shut down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate options, it can be disconcerting, but often solvable.

This tutorial details what to do when the "No power management options available" message appears when you click the power button in the Start menu and other Windows shutdown menu locations. In a related topic: What to do if there is no Hibernate option in Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Policies that disable the display of Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernation commands

The first way is to check if there are local group policies installed that disable the display of items in the shutdown menu. This can be done in two ways: in the Professional and Enterprise editions of Windows 11 and 10 - in the Local Group Policy Editor, and in the Home edition - in the Registry Editor.

Solution in Local Group Policy Editor

If you have an edition of Windows installed in which the Local Group Policy Editor is present, you can follow the steps below:

    1. Right-click the Start button, select Run, type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
    2. In the Local Group Policy Editor that opens, go to Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Start Menu and Taskbar. Check the status of the “Remove and deny access to Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate” policy.
    3. If the policy is enabled, double-click its name, set it to "Not Enabled" or "Disabled" in the window that appears, and apply the settings.
    4. Go to User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Start Menu and Taskbar. Check the status of the “Delete and deny access to Shut down, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate” policy. If the policy is enabled, disable it as in step 3.
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Done: Normally, if the cause was in the policies, the desired items will return to the Shutdown menu without a reboot.

In the registry editor.

You can also check if the policies in question are enabled and disable them in the registry editor:

  1. Press the keys Win + R on your keyboard, or right click on the Start button followed by “Run”, enter regedit and press Enter.
  2. In the registry editor that opens, navigate to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  3. Check if in the right pane of the registry editor there is a parameter with the name HidePowerOptions and a value of 1.
  4. If such a parameter exists, change its value to by double-clicking on the parameter, or by deleting it (right-click on the parameter name – “Delete”).
  5. Navigate to the registry section
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  6. Look for a parameter with the name Do not close in this section of the registry. If it is present, remove it or change the value to .

The restart, as in the previous case, is usually unnecessary.

More Ways to Solve “No Power Management Settings Available” Issue

If none of the above policies that hide shutdown options have been installed, you can try the following steps to resolve the issue:

  1. Use the command
    powercfg -restoredefaultschemes

    at the command line by running as administrator to reset the power circuit. How to run the command line as an administrator.

  2. Press the keys Win + R, enter secpol.msc and press enter. In the window that opens, go to Local Policies – Assign User Rights and make sure that “Administrators”, “Users”, and “File Operators” are listed as “Off”. If not, double click on the item and add the appropriate groups to the list: click “Add user or group” – “Advanced” – “Search”, select the group you want to add to the list and click Click on "OK" to apply the changes made. Add other missing user groups to the security policy if necessary.
  3. Install all chipset drivers from the motherboard or laptop manufacturer's website. If there are separate power management drivers, install those as well.
  4. If you haven't had the problem until recently, you can try using system restore points to a date when Windows was working properly. Read more: Windows 11 recovery points, windows 10 recovery points.
  5. Check the integrity of Windows system files with the command sfc / scannow Run the command line as administrator. Read more: Restore the integrity of Windows 11 system files, Restore the integrity of Windows 10 system files.
  6. Use the built-in Windows troubleshooting tools, specifically Power, about it in the articles Windows 11 Troubleshooting, Windows 10 Troubleshooting.
  7. Check if there are any items turned off on the Windows lock screen (you can press Win+L to lock) and if the problem persists if you create a new Windows user and log in with the newly created account.

Hopefully one of the suggested options will help resolve the issue. You can also detail the situation in the comments below, I will try to help you.

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