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    Why is the Shutdown button greyed out?

    This is bloomin' annoying, mostly because it's my PC and I haven't been able to get to the bottom of this.

    The PC in my office has Windows XP Pro on a vanilla server 2003 network. It's in the same OU as the Admin machines (Head, Bursar, Secretary, Registrar)

    For some reason, the Shutdown button on the Windows Logon screen is greyed out. So to shut the PC down, you have to logon.

    I have tried switching the PC to another OU, thinking its some sort of GPO issue, but that hasn't helped. Every other PC in the school has the Shutdown button; is mine trying to tell me I'm not allowed to go home?

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    Hi,

    Not something I've been asked before but I'd think its the GPO this KB Article speaks of.

    Hope this helps.

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    can you not just press the power button???

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo_ap View Post
    can you not just press the power button???
    Yes, but I don't want to. Like I said, I've been living with it, but it's been getting on my nerves

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    Hi,
    Not something I've been asked before but I'd think its the GPO this KB Article speaks of.
    Hope this helps.
    I hadn't thought of local GPO - brain clearly not in gear - and have now used this to force it to give me the Shutdown button (it was not specified locally which is as I'd expect). I suppose I'll have to do another trawl through the domain pols and try to work out why this PC misses out. It shouldn't as it's lumped in with others that work...

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    It's a normal policy on a server iirc (stop someone opening a TS session and clicking shutdown!) maybe your machine's inheriting funny policies.

    Crack out gpresult!

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    Look in the local security policy

    local security policy shut down option - Google Search


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    By default a workstation should have the shutdown button enabled (it's disabled for server) and after checking through the group policies there was nothing to change that. (apparently)

    Now overriden by enabling it on the local machine, but I shouldn't have to do that.

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    Could it have been from an old policy that was set? If your machine was the only one that picked it up originally(maybe some old testing?) then moving to another OU that didn't have a setting would leave it in it's current state.

    Unless of course your new setting specifies the shutdown button(at which point ignore me, I'm talking rubbish )

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    if you delete the hidden c:\windows\system32\GroupPolicy folder that will reset everything and might help sort it

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    I know M$ do a GP Tool which you can run on a cleint to see what GP has been applied.....cant remember where or naming though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanT View Post
    I know M$ do a GP Tool which you can run on a cleint to see what GP has been applied.....cant remember where or naming though.
    rsop.msc

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanT View Post

    This.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    rsop.msc
    you can also use group policy management console to do group policy modelling.

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    Antique thread

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    True, but I had this issue today and these threads/this forum unfortunately doesn't appear to have a feature acknowledging approved/agreed final solutions aka Experts Exchange - The #1 resource on the web for solving technology problems.

    Even a blatant thumbs up or highlight feature would be awesome

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